Outdoors notebook

Turkey harvest down: Heading into last Sunday’s final day of turkey season, the state-wide harvest stood at 30,901 birds, 2,105 fewer than last season’s total. Wilson County ranked 5th in the state with 658 turkeys bagged. A second turkey season will be held i...
May 16, 2013

Turkey harvest down: Heading into last Sunday’s final day of turkey season, the state-wide harvest stood at 30,901 birds, 2,105 fewer than last season’s total.

Wilson County ranked 5th in the state with 658 turkeys bagged.

A second turkey season will be held in October.

Perfect trap score: Kerry Hale shot a perfect 50 to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Ray Hucheson won the Veteran completion with a 48, K.J. Davis was top Sub-Junior (45), Ashley Swift won Junior (43) and Samatha Smith was first in Ladies (25).

Hunter input invited: The TWRA invites hunters to submit comments and recommendations for the 2013-14 hunting seasons.

Comments can be sent by mail to Hunting Season Comments, TWRA Wildlife Management Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, Tn. 37204 or e-mailed to: twra.comment@tn.gov

Include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of e-mailed submissions.

Comments and suggestions will be considered when the TWRA and the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission sets this fall’s hunting and trapping regulations.

The comment period runs through May 27.

New gar record: An Indiana fisherman has set a Tennessee state record for spotted gar.

Jim Ulerick of Kokomo, Ind., shot the gar with archery tackle on Reelfoot Lake on April 14. It weighed 12 pounds and was 39 ½ inches long. It broke the previous record by over two pounds.

The record is for Class B catches – fish taken legally by other methods than rod and reel.

The record gar caught on rod and reel is 9 pounds, five ounces.

There are three species of gar in Tennessee: the spotted gar, shortnose gar and longnose gar.

For a complete list of record species in Tennessee and information about how to enter a prospective new record fish, consult the 2013 Tennessee Fishing Guide, available for free at most outdoor outlets.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

May 12 turkey season ended

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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