Park activities: Tennessee's 56 state parks, plus assorted natural areas, offer a variety of free activities during the spring and summer.
The season kicked off last week with guided hikes in several parks, including Cedars of Lebanon. Other popular area parks are Longhunter State Park and Bledsoe Creek State Park, both of which offer a range of recreational and educational activities.
For a list of events and activities check the Tennessee State Parks guide, or visit the individual parks' websites.
A fee is charged for some activities, such as fishing, boat rentals and picnic shelters. Also, reservations may be required for overnight camp sites and RV parking.
Firearms and alcohol are not permitted in state parks. Also check on each park's policy regarding campfires, which may change depending on weather conditions.
Fishing comments: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking comments and suggestions from fishermen, and the input will be taken into consideration when the regulations are set in August.
Comments can be mailed to:
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, Tn. 37204
Or they can be emailed to: FishingReg.Comments@tn.gov
The deadline for submissions is April 23.
License reminder: With turkey season opening April 1, hunters are reminded that licenses expired Feb. 28. Licenses can be purchased on-line on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org or at most outdoors outlets.
Check-in changes: Hunters who do not use the internet or social app to check in their turkeys are reminded of a 20% reduction in the number of check-in stations. Some check-in stations they used in the past may not be in operation this season.
All turkeys must be checked in the day they are killed.
Straights Shooters: High school students interested in joining the Cedar City Straights interscholastic trap-shooting team can contact coach Kerry Hale at 615-519-2934.
Photo contest: The TWRA is accepting entries to its annual Tennessee Wildlife Magazine calendar. For information visit tnwildlife.org.
March: TWRA trout stocking concludes
April 1-May 14: turkey season
May 13-June 11: spring squirrel season
June 10-16: Free Fishing Week
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