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Larry Woody • May 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Hogs studied: Like Tennessee, the state of Missouri is having problems with anexploding wild hog population and, as Tennessee did originally, it is considering a ban on hunting to try to solve the problem.

A similar plan failed in Tennessee. A proposed hog-hunting ban ignited a firestorm of protest from hunters who enjoy the challenge of hunting wild hogs. In response to the backlash, the TWRA reached a compromise that restored hog hunting on most public lands.

Tennessee wanted to ban hog hunting to curb the incentive for hunters to stock the animals in new areas. Missouri is considering a ban because its wildlife biologists claim hunting disperses the hogs and makes them harder to trap by animal-control agents.

It is likely that Missouri wildlife officials will encounter the same backlash as occurred in Tennessee if they push for an outright ban on hog hunting.

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Outdoors women: The TWRA will sponsor an Outdoors-Woman Workshop June 3-5 in Crossville. The annual workshop offers classes and hands-on clinics is designed to interest and educate women in a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Details about the workshop and how to register is posted on tnwildlife.org.

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Turkeys winding down: The spring turkey season ends May 16, and indications are that more than 30,000 gobblers will be harvested for a fifth straight season.

Despite the overall robust harvest numbers, turkey populations have declined in certain counties, prompting cancellation of the two past fall seasons in three counties. Now the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission is considering reducing the fall season bag limit of six in other Middle Tennessee counties.

The 2016-17 hunting seasons and regulations will be announced soon.

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Interscholastic team: Youngsters in Wilson County are invited to join the Cedar City Straights interscholastic trap-shooting team.

For information, contact coach Kerry Hale at 615-519-2934.

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Senior license: a new senior hunting/fishing license was omitted from the many license options listed the Tennessee Fishing Guide. The license is listed on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org.

The Fishing Guide details the wide range of license options and requirements, along with the 2016-17 fishing rules and regulations. Most regulations remain unchanged from last year.

Fishing licenses can be purchased on-line or at most area outdoors outlets.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

May 14-June 12: spring squirrel season

May 16: turkey season ends

May 21: national safe boating week

June 11: Free Fishing Day

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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