Outdoors notebook

Hunting season is underway, and the state's new law prohibiting the harassment of hunters with the use of drones could be put to a test.
Sep 4, 2014

No-drone zone: Hunting season is underway, and the state's new law prohibiting the harassment of hunters with the use of drones could be put to a test.

Animal-rights activists in some states have purchased drones for the purpose of flying them over hunters to frighten away wild  game. Last year their use in Tennessee was advocated, prompting Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a law making it illegal to use drones -- or any other measures -- to interfere with legal hunting or fishing.

Any such incidents should be reported to the nearest law enforcement authorities, and also to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Violators will be vigorously prosecuted.

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Sure shots: Greg Piercey broke 49 of 50 targets to best a field of 25 shooters in the Cedar City Gun Club's weekly trap shoot.

Colt McKinney took Junior honors with a 47 and Cameron Wells won Sub-Junior with a score of 30.

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Youth trap team: Wilson County youngsters interested in the shooting sports can sign up for an interscholastic trap-shooting team being organized by Ben Schade.

The Cedar City Straights is open to youngsters age nine through high school, and will compete in state, regional and national competitions. Training will be held at the Cedar City Gun Club. For information call Schade at 615-478-8019.

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Algae concerns: A form of algae commonly known as "rock snot" has showed up in some East Tennessee trout streams this summer, prompting an advisory from the TWRA for fishermen to cleanse waders, canoes and other craft after leaving the water.

The pale, mucus-like algae grows on rocky bottoms and resembles tatters of toilet paper waving in the current.

It is not harmful to humans, but is a nuisance to fishermen because it fouls lure and lines. It can smother stream beds and crowd out native organisms that trout feed on.

So far it has not been found in Middle Tennessee trout streams, such as the Caney Fork River. The TWRA asks fishermen to report any they come across.

 

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

 

Aug. 23: squirrel season opened

Sept. 1: dove season opened

Sept. 19: possum, raccoon seasons opens

Sept. 27: deer archery season opens

Oct. 11-26: fall turkey season

Nov. 8: deer muzzleloader season opens

 

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