3:20 PM Jun 24, 2013
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Adam Sharp of the Cedar City Bass Anglers says the club has its priorities right.
Adam Sharp, director of the Cedar City Bass Anglers, is determined to keep his tournament competition simple and fair. “We fish only single-person tournaments,” he said. “I know that nowadays most tournaments pair two fishermen, but I think that one man, one boat is the b...
5:15 PM Jun 19, 2013
Elk hunt set: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period of the 2013 elk hunt. Applications can be submitted from July 12 through July 24. The hunt will take place in October. The application instruction sheet lists locations for all quote hunts, including...
4:00 PM Jun 18, 2013
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Makayla Boden examines a garter snake which she caught, then released.
With summer at hand, more folks will be outdoors, interacting with wildlife. There are often temptations to capture some species for “pets’’ – from turtles and salamanders to new-born animals such as squirrels, raccoons and even fawns – but the Tennessee Wildl...
6:40 PM Jun 17, 2013
Reelfoot Lake  Photo: Submitted

Around cypress trees and lily pads are prime places to fish on scenic Reelfoot Lake.
The red-and-yellow bobber twitched slightly, then disappeared into the murky depths alongside a craggy cypress snag. Bob Sherborne set the hook with an upward sweep of his fly rod, and the slender pole bowed double as a big bluegill came trashing to the surface in a tangle of lily pads.
5:30 PM 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 r...
5:45 PM Jun 11, 2013
Brownie's bluegill  Photo: Submitted

Brownie Stricklin hoists a stringer of Percy Priest Lake bluegill.
There’s no way of knowing for sure, but I’ll wager that the bluegill (or bream or brim) is Tennessee’s most popular fish. They’re abundant and easy to catch. From boat docks to creek banks, from big lakes to farm ponds, bluegill anglers of all ages can be seen watch...
4:30 PM Jun 11, 2013
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers patrolling area waters this summer will be on special alert for drunken boaters. With such area lakes as Old Hickory and Percy Priest becoming increasingly crowded, impaired boat operators represent a growing concern. According to the U.S...
5:30 PM Jun 4, 2013
Trap shoot winners  Photo: Submitted

Winners from the Cedar City Gun Club's Lebanon Democrat Appreciation trap shoot were, left to right: Richie Bolin, Tyler Baker and Sam Mathis.
Last Tuesday the Cedar City Gun Club held a “Lebanon Democrat Appreciation” night to thank the newspaper for running its weekly trap scores and other area shooting news items. Winners of various shooting classes received complimentary subscriptions to the paper. Club official B...
5:15 PM Jun 3, 2013
Couchville Lake  Photo: Submitted

Couchville Lake in Long Hunter State Park offers excellent fishing opportunities.
Couchville Lake in Long Hunter State Park will hold a Kids Fishing Event on June 8 in conjunction with the TWRA’s annual Free Fishing Day. For information about how to participate call 615-889-1975. On Free Fishing Day any resident or non-resident of any age can fish free with...
6:15 PM May 30, 2013
Trout funding: The TVA will provide $2.7 million over the next three years to keep three national trout hatcheries open, including two in Tennessee. One of the hatcheries is in Celina and another in Erin. Those two, along with one in Georgia, provide trout that are stocked in TVA waters, a...
4:30 PM May 29, 2013
Chuck and crappie  Photo: Submitted

Mt. Juliet's Chuck Campbell with a crappie caught on a small Roadrunner spinner.
The other day Chuck Campbell and I headed to Old Hickory Lake on a search for shellcrackers – chunky members of the sunfish family that resemble a bream on steroids. We struck out. We didn’t catch a single shellcracker. Chuck, a Mt. Juliet pharmacist and acknowledged expert on ...
6:15 PM May 28, 2013
After a cold winter and a chilly spring, the warming temperatures have outdoorsmen stirring. The same goes for snakes. The cold-blooded critters were inactive during cold weather, which means they are anxious to stretch their legs – figuratively speaking – now that it ha...
5:45 PM May 22, 2013
Youth fishing: The TWRA has scheduled a number of youth fishing events around the state this spring. For the schedule of events and other details, visit tnwildlife.org The 2013 Free Fishing Day is June 8. Anyone in the state can fish free in public waters without a license. Several ...
6:15 PM May 21, 2013
I read somewhere that for everything there is a season. I don’t think the passage was referring to squirrel hunting, but I believe it applies. I’ve never been able to get in the mood for springtime squirrel hunting, which has a May 11-June 9 season in Tennessee. S...
5:15 PM May 20, 2013
Makaylee and bird  Photo: Submitted

Makaylee Montgomery, 9, of Lebanon poses with an 18-pound gobbler she bagged while hunting with her dad Bryan.
Although Tennessee hunters bagged a lot of birds this spring, the harvest was down almost 2,000 from last year. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported 32,489 turkeys had been checked in at the end of the season on May 12. Last year’s spring turkey harvest totaled 34,017, th...
6:30 PM 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 i...
6:00 PM May 15, 2013
Inman with big one  Photo: Submitted

Connie Inman hoists a big Northern pike he caught in Little Vermillion Lake during one of his annual Canadian fishing trips.
Tennessee is blessed with an abundance of fish-teeming lakes and rivers, so why would someone travel 1,400 miles to fish in Canada? That’s the question my wife used to ask every spring when my buddies and I would head out to Little Vermillion Lake, located some 300 miles north of the...