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
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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...
5:30 PM Apr 15, 2013
I think there are certain instances in which game wardens should exercise a measure of common sense and discretion in enforcing our game and fish regulations. For example, if someone is found in possession of a single 9½ inch crappie – a half-inch under the minimum requirement...
3:00 PM Apr 11, 2013
Dance to chair national event: Tennessee’s most famous fisherman, Bill Dance, has been named chairman of the National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Sept. 23 NHFD draws attention to the nation’s outdoors opportunities. Dance, who for over three decades has hosted popular T...
11:30 AM Apr 11, 2013
youth turkey  Photo: submitted

These four youngsters participated in a turkey hunt for physically-challenged youngsters, left to right: Amber Bowden, Ethan Judkins, Lidda Willoughby and Jackson Apala. Sue Varney, standing left, and others adults assisted with the hunt. 
Tommy Apala has always made sure that his son Jackson, 11, is able to enjoy the outdoors despite suffering from cerebral palsy and having to use a wheelchair to get about. When the Watertown dad saw how thrilled his son was when he bagged a wild turkey on last month’s Young Sportsman...
6:00 PM Apr 10, 2013
Tommy Apala has always made sure that his son Jackson, 11, is able to enjoy the outdoors despite suffering from cerebral palsy and having to use a wheelchair to get about. When the Watertown dad saw how thrilled his son was when he bagged a wild turkey on last month’s Young Sportsman...
11:00 AM Apr 10, 2013
They say there’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to turkey hunting, but going after a gobbler with Roy Denney comes mighty close. When you get an invite to go with Roy you can start getting the dumplings and dressing ready. The March 30 Opening Day of the spring se...
6:30 PM Apr 9, 2013
They say there’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to turkey hunting, but going after a gobbler with Roy Denney comes mighty close. When you get an invite to go with Roy you can start getting the dumplings and dressing ready. The March 30 Opening Day of the spring se...