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Larry Woody • Mar 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Priest Lake drowning: A Nashville fisherman recently drowned on Percy Priest Lake when he fell overboard, a grim reminder of how quickly a fatal accident can happen on the water.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's report, the 50-year-old victim and a friend returned to the Hamilton Creek boat ramp to load their boat after a morning of fishing. While his friend went to get their vehicle and back down the trailer, the man took the boat back out to check the motor, which had been experiencing mechanical problems.

The boat suddenly lurched and swerved, throwing the man overboard. He was not wearing a life jacket, and drowned in the deep water.

Boaters are advised to keep their life jackets on anytime the boat is moving, including docking.

To review boating rules and regulations visit tnwildlife.org (boating link) or consult the Tennessee Boating Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.

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Crane season: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission has approved a state-wide Sandhill Crane season, after having an experimental season for four years in Southeast Tennessee.

A limited number of permits will be issued. Details will be presented in the upcoming 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, and on-line at tnwildlife.org.

Hundreds of thousands of Sandhills migrate through the state every fall and winter, as do ducks and geese, and the U.S. Wildlife Service approved the hunting season. The cranes have been hunted in several states for decades with no adverse impact on the population.

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License reminder: Hunting/fishing licenses expired Feb. 28. New licenses can be purchased on-line on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org or at most outdoors outlets.

For a list of license requirements, costs, and options visit the Agency website or consult the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.

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Correction: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission is comprised of 13 members, not 11. Lebanon's Jamie Woodson, one of the 13 members, has been named Chair of the Commission.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

Feb. 28: hunting/fishing licenses expired

March: TWRA trout stocking continues

April 1-May 14: turkey season

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