Trout future bright: An agreement has been reached to continue funding trout hatcheries in Tennessee and Georgia, securing opportunities for an estimated 256,000 trout fishermen in those states.
The partnership is between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, TVA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It was begun in 2013, and the current agreement runs through 2021.
TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, under whose leadership the Agency has thrived, made the announcement.
The state’s fish hatcheries provide, among other species, keeper-sized rainbow trout for the TWRA’s popular winter trout-stocking program. Dates and locations of the stockings will be announced soon.
Information about trout rules and regulations can be found in the Tennessee Fishing Guide.
It is calculated that every $1 invested in the hatchery program returns $73 in spending by trout fishermen for licenses, tackle, bait, travel and other incidentals.
Benefit tournament: Lebanon anglers Tony Eckler and Steve Mull won the recent Brian Illobre benefit bass tournament on Old Hickory Lake. Proceeds aid Illobre in his battle with cancer. Eckler and Mull weighed in a catch of 17.2 pounds.
Deer numbers down: Some areas of the state report drastically lower deer populations, which could lead to a decline in this season’s harvest. In other areas, however, the deer population appears robust, so the numbers could even out, state-wide.
Archery season opened in September but harvest figures have not been compiled.
Muzzleloader season opened Nov. 3 and gun season opens Nov 17.
Complete hunting seasons and detailed rules and regulations are listed in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.
Fall turkey flop? Harvest numbers for the recent fall turkey season have not been released but are expected to be skimpy. Not only do turkey populations remain down in many areas, but this fall hens were put off-limit as part of a TWRA restoration effort.
Hunter Ed: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a Hunter Education Class to get a hunting license. Information about the classes, including on-line, is available at tnwildlife.org
A special license, with certain restrictions, is available for those who fail to complete the class in time for hunting seasons, some of which are already underway.
Detailed information is listed in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.
Aug. 25: squirrel season
Nov. 3-16: deer muzzleloader season
Nov. 3: quail, rabbit seasons open
Nov. 17: deer gun season
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Larry Woody is The Democrat’s outdoors writer. Email him at [email protected]