The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoor sport. The day is also an excellent opportunity for people who have not been hunting in a while to be reintroduced to the sport.
The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18 season is coming up this Saturday and Sunday. For youth ages 6 to 16, hunters may use gun, muzzleloader and archery equipment.
Archery season for black bears opened Saturday for all bear hunting zones in Tennessee, and the TWRA has at least one bear checking station in every county open for bear hunting.
Due to continued low deer numbers, the majority of areas on the installation in which gun hunting is allowed will be closed. As a result, all of this year’s drawn hunts will be archery-only.
The Tri-Cities Boating Club is offering an eight-week sailing course on Watauga Lake starting June 26. Each class includes both classroom and on-the-water training and offers basic skills and knowledge of the sport.
The Johnson City Sail and Power Squadron will offer the TWRA’s Tennessee Safe Boating Course on Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 at the Northeast State Community College Library, Room L226.
Officers say that the baited sites consisted of candy and bread making the hunt unethical by discouraging fair chase.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to approve a proposal that will impact those residents who plan to hunt deer out of state for the 2016-17 season.
Locally, a special youth muzzleloading hunt will be held at Natural Tunnel State Park in Scott County on Nov. 19 with the reservation period beginning Sept. 29.