Outdoors notebook

Hunting regulations proposed: The TWRA made a few proposed changes to the 2013-14 hunting seasons at the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting last week in at Paris Landing State Park. None of the recommendations are major. They involve such minor changes as a reduction in the f...
May 8, 2013

 

Hunting regulations proposed: The TWRA made a few proposed changes to the 2013-14 hunting seasons at the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting last week in at Paris Landing State Park.

None of the recommendations are major. They involve such minor changes as a reduction in the fall turkey limit in some counties. Giles, Lawrence and Wayne counties will have a one-bird fall limit if the TWRA recommendations are passed. No other counties would be affected.

The fall turkey hunt apparently will remain in October after that month proved more popular with hunters than the former December period.

The TWRA said there some changes may be made in this fall’s big-game checking procedures but gave no details. The changes, if made, will be announced later.

The Agency also will announce details for this year’s elk-hunt draw at its next meeting on May 30-31 in Nashville. The hunt is expected to remain unchanged – five bull permits issued, plus a Young Sportsman permit – with the hunt held in mid-October.

Trap shoot: Timothy Whitlock, a member of the Cedar City Straights trap-shooting team, placed 4th in the Sub-Junior category with a 91 in last week’s in a meet in Nashville.

Ashley Swift, another member of the Wilson County team, won the Junior trophy.

Gregg Piercey defeated Ricky Bell in a shootoff to win the weekly trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club. Suki Yamamoto won Class B, Chase Mayton Class C, Tanner Muller Sub-Junior and Ashley Swift Junior.

Stripe poachers court date: Four Nashville fishermen who were caught with 360 white bass (stripe) over the limit are scheduled to appear in a Cheatham Court on May 29.

Their court date was originally set for last week, but their attorney requested a continuance.

The four were cited on March 20 after a TWRA officer caught them with the large number of illegal fish below Cheatham dam.

The limit on white bass is 15 per angler per day, or a total of 60 fish for the four fishermen. Instead, they had 420 according to the TWRA report.

The four men – one of whom is 78 – are Laotian, but a TWRA spokesman said all four speak fluent English and were aware of the fishing regulations.

The TWRA intends to press for severe penalties, but it is up to the judge to decide the men’s punishment if they are found guilty of the charges.

Fishing suggestions: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is soliciting suggestions from the state’s anglers about fishing rules and regulations.

All proposals will be taken into consideration when the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission sets the 2014 fishing regulations. Comments can be submitted by mail to: Fish Comments, TWRA Fisheries Management Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, Tn. 37204 or e-mailed to: TWRA.Comment@tn.gov

Include “Fish Comments” on the subject line.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

March 30-May 12 turkey season

May 11-June 9: spring squirrel season

May 18: National Boating Week

June 8: Free Fishing Day in Tennessee

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill, or bagged a spring gobbler? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

 

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