Larry Woody's outdoors notebook

Corps plan squashed: The U.S. Corps of Engineers plan to restrict boating access immediately below several area dams has been defeated by federal intervention. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander last week announced that a bill has been passed that prohibits the Corps from implementing any r...
Jun 12, 2013

Corps plan squashed: The U.S. Corps of Engineers plan to restrict boating access immediately below several area dams has been defeated by federal intervention.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander last week announced that a bill has been passed that prohibits the Corps from implementing any restrictions for two years.

Alexander said the Corps plan to install barriers below the dams was a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” and ignored the wishes of fishermen and even the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The TWRA had already said it would not enforce the restrictions.

The blockage would have affected boating access below Old Hickory, Cheatham, Percy Priest and Cordell Hull dams, as well as on Corps lakes in Kentucky.

The Corps said it wanted to restrict boat access to the turbulent waters due to safety concerns, but critics said such concerns were over-blown.

Trap shoot: Danny Shaw won a three-way shootoff with Chris Cooper and Trent Inman in the Cedar City Gun Club’s weekly trap shoot. Cooper ran his first-ever 50 straight to get into the shootoff.

Tyler Baker was top Junior (44), Tim Whitlock won Sub-Junior (43) and Frank Yost was top Veteran (39).

For information about the weekly shoot or other area shooting sports, contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.

Life jacket warning: The TWRA warns boaters that it is cracking down on life jacket violations. Regulations require one Coast Guard-approved flotation device per person to be on each boat, and to be “easily accessible” – not stored in a compartment.

Life jackets must be worn whenever a boat in the fast water below dams (signs are posted on the banks), and must be worn by passengers 12 and under whenever the boat is moving, including paddling and drifting.

For detailed regulations visit tnwildlife.org or consult the Tennessee Boating Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

June 9: spring squirrel season ended

June 12: applications taken for WMA quota hunts

June 15: Free Fishing Week for youngsters ends

July: Reelfoot duck blind deadline 

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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