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Larry Woody • Mar 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Musky record: A pending state-record musky was caught March 2 in Melton Hill Reservoir.

The fish weighed 43 pounds, 14 ounces, and, if confirmed by wildlife officials, will beat the former record of 42 pounds, 8 ounces. That fish was caught in 1983 in Norris Reservoir.

Information about the recent catch has been submitted to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for verification.

The musky was caught by Stephen Paul. It did not survive the landing and netting, despite efforts to revive it.

Musky are indigenous to Tennessee, originally found in many cold-water streams, but those native fish have declined in recent decades. The TWRA now stocks musky in several lakes and streams, and they are thriving.

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License time: Hunting/fishing licenses expired Feb. 28. 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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Straight shooters: Wilson County's trap-shooting team is looking for members. Any school-age youngster in Wilson or any adjoining county that does not have an interscholastic team is eligible.

For information call coach Kerry Hale at 615-519-2934.

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Eagle reward: A $2,500 reward is offered for information leading to the apprehension of the person or persons who fatally shot two bald eagles in Meigs and Rhea Counties. Information is posted on tnwildlife.org.

Killing a bald eagle is a federal offense and carries heavy fines and potential jail time.

Hawks and owls are also protected species.

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Photo contest: The TWRA is accepting entries to its annual Tennessee Wildlife Magazine calendar. For information visit tnwildlife.org.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

Feb. 28: hunting/fishing licenses expired

March: TWRA trout stockings continue

April 1-May 14: turkey season

PHOTOS WELCOME: Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to areed@lebanondemocrat.com.

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