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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody • Sep 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM

More boating fatalities: Four boating-related fatalities on Tennessee lakes brought the total so far this year to 14, plus another 43 serious injuries from boating accidents, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Those grim statistics serve as a reminder of the hazards of boating on the state’s increasingly-crowded waterways, and of the importance of obeying boating laws and safety regulations.

Many of the violations involve Boating Under the Influence (BUI) which carries similar penalties as driving under the influence.

Details about rules and regulations can be found in the Tennessee Boating Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.

Carp battle: The TWRA is assisting efforts to control the number of Asian Carp in Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Part of that effort is a $75,000 state grant to purchase equipment to aid commercial processing of the fish.

Last year over one million pounds of Asian Carp were commercially netted from Kentucky Lake. To encourage more netting, the enterprise must be made profitable for local fishermen, and that effort is underway.

The invasive Asian Crap have spread rapidly in the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers chains. They feed primarily on plankton, which means they compete with minnows and fry for forage. If those small fish are removed from the food chain, larger game fish will be impacted.

Fish comments: As it does every year, the TWRA invites comments and suggestions about the state’s fishing regulations. They will be considered when it meets later in the month to set next year’s rules.

Comments can be emailed to: fishingreg.comments@tn.gov or mailed to: TWRA Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 40747,  Nashville, Tn. 37204.

Sept. 15 is the deadline for submissions.

Deer disease warning: The TWRA reminds deer and elk hunters hunting out of state about strict regulations regarding bringing home meat and hides.

The TWRA is concerned about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that has decimated herds in several states. So far there have been no cases of CWD found in Tennessee, but just one infected animal could introduce it.

Detailed import regulations, and which states are impacted, can be found at tnwildlife.org and in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Sure shot: Kerry Hale led all shooters at last week’s Cedar City Gun Club trap shoot with a round of 49.

For information about Gun Club activities or the Cedar City Straights interscholastic trap-shooting team, contact Hale at 615-519-2934.

 

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

 

Aug. 26: squirrel season

Sept. 1: dove season

Oct. 14-27: fall turkey season

Nov. 4-17: muzzleloader season

Nov. 18: deer gun season

 

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