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...
6:30 PM 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 f...
6:30 PM May 7, 2013
Despite widespread opposition, the U.S. Corps of Engineers is proceeding with plans to block boating access below several of its area dams, but the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says it won’t enforce the restrictions. “We will not be enforcing the barricades,” TWRA ...
5:30 PM May 6, 2013
Sherborne with his gar  Photo: Submitted

Gar, like this one caught by Bob Sherborne, are classified as "trash" fish in Tennessee, but are hard fighters and fun to catch.
Last spring I was fishing on Tim’s Ford Lake with a die-hard smallmouth bass fishermen, casting plastic jigs along a rocky bank. We had landed a dozen good-sized bronzebacks, famous for their fierce fighting ability, when my partner suddenly had a jolting strike that almost yanked th...
5:30 PM May 1, 2013
Quail donation: A University of Tennessee graduate has donated $100,000 to the national Bobwhite Foundation and promised to match other donations of up to $1 million. Joe Crafton grew up in West Tennessee hunting quail and, like many hunters, is concerned about the steady demise of the bir...
6:00 PM Apr 30, 2013
The warming weather means ticks are becoming active, and the only sure way to avoid picking up one of the irritating little hitchhikers is to remain indoors. Since staying indoors would put a crimp on our outdoors activities, about all that fishermen, hikers, campers and folks who garden a...
3:00 PM Apr 29, 2013
Chris Duraj  Photo: Submitted

Lebanon's Chris Duraj hoists a Center Hill smallmouth caught during Jim Duckworth's 13th annual Outdoor Writers Conference.
A gaggle of outdoor scribes converged week for Jim Duckworth’s 13th annual two-day frolic of fishing and fun, officially known as the Outdoor Writers Conference. We fished Old Hickory, Percy Priest and Center Hill, along with a private lake. The amount of fish we extracted...
6:30 PM Apr 24, 2013
Wilson 4th in turkey tally: Wilson County ranks fourth in the state in wild turkeys tagged so far this season. As of last week, 475 gobblers had been bagged in the county. Maury County leads with 898, followed by Green (618) and Sumner (544). The TWRA’s turkey tally...
6:45 PM Apr 23, 2013
The Robertson Family  Photo: Submitted

The Robertson family. left to right: Kay, Phil, Willie, Si, Jase and Korie. 
The first thing you notice after watching a few episodes of Duck Dynasty on the A&E Channel is that the show has very little to do with ducks. The Robertson family and a couple of employees manufacture hand-crafted duck calls in their shop in West Monroe, La., and although the show has...
5:30 PM Apr 22, 2013
warning sign  Photo: Submitted

Large signs like this one below the Old Hickory Lake dam warn boaters about the hazardous waters.
April arrived without any of the boat-blocking barriers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to have installed below several dams in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. The Corps initially set April as the date for having the barriers in place below dams on Old Hickory, Percy Priest, Cordel...
6:00 PM Apr 17, 2013
Turkey harvest picks up: After a slow opening weekend Tennessee’s wild turkey harvest numbers have improved. At the TWRA’s last tally a total of 16,4890 birds had been killed, on pace to equal the 30,000-plus turkeys taken in recent seasons. The season runs through May 12. ...
6:15 PM Apr 16, 2013
crappie fishing  Photo: Submitted

Mt. Juliet's Chuck Campbell hoists a pair of dandy springtime crappie.
My late Uncle Bud, the consummate crappie fishermen, used to say that when the dogwoods bloomed the crappie were biting. He called them “croppy,” not “crap-ee” as pronounced by some of our Northern friends. Uncle Bud scheduled his vacation around the spring c...