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Nov 16, 2012 12:00 am
Rare falcon caught: The first Peregrine falcon has been trapped in Tennessee in more than 50 years.
The falcon was legally caught on the banks of the Mississippi River by a Carroll County resident. Tennessee was awarded one permit by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to allow the trapping of one Peregrine falcon in selected West Tennessee counties.
Peregrine falcons were the primary bird used in falconry hunting in the 1800’s. The population of the birds fell, but has been restored through state and federal conservation efforts and are now deemed sufficient enough to allow some to be caught and used in falconry.
The West Tennessee falcon was netted after being lured in with an animal-like lure.
It has been named “Belle,” and its owner plans to train it as a hunting bird.
Prior to the Tennessee catch, another Peregrine was trapped in Arkansas.
The falcons weigh about two pounds and have a wingspan of up to 47 inches. They can reach speeds of 200 mph during their high-speed dive for prey.
The Peregrine’s range extends from the Arctic tundra to the tropics.
Except for the one permit that granted, it is against the law to capture or kill any other Peregrine falcon, or any other bird of prey such as hawks, eagles and owls.
Trap shoot: Danny Shaw won the weekly trap shoot at Cedar City Gun Club, breaking 44 of 50 targets.
Ray Hutchenson took Veterans honors with a 43.
For information about the shoot or other area shooting events contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.
Deer figures: Tennessee’s muzzleloader deer season got off to a slow start during the Nov. 3 weekend opener, with approximately 1,000 fewer deer killed that during last year’s opening weekend.
Warm, dry conditions may have accounted for the drop-off. The overall prediction remains optimistic for this year’s deer season.
Muzzleloader season ends Nov. 16, with gun season opening Nov. 17 and running through Jan. 6.
Aug. 25-Feb. 28: squirrel season
Sept. 14-Feb. 28: raccoon, possum season
Nov. 3-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season
Nov. 3-16: deer muzzleloader season
Nov. 17-Jan. 6: deer gun season
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