John Morgan, 15, was fishing in a Polk County farm pond when he hooked the 18-pound, 8-ounce trout. After a 20-minute battle he landed it. After weighing it he learned it broke the existing state record rainbow by almost three pounds.
The fish was the 14th new state record to be caught in the past year and a half.
A list of state-record fish is posted in the Tennessee Fishing Guide, along with instructions about how to submit a catch for record consideration.
Perfect score: John Hess shot a perfect round of 50 win last week's trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.
Randell Pence led the Senior competition with a 42 and Alex Franck was the top Cedar City Straights shooter with a 41.
For information about the Gun Club's activities or the Straights interscholastic team, contact Kerry Hale at 615-519-2934.
Elk permits: Applications for permits for the state's 8th annual elk hunt will be accepted until July 27.
As in the past, four gun permits will be awarded by computer draw and a fifth auctioned on-line. Five archery permits have been added this season.
The archery hunt will be held Oct. 3-7, followed by the gun hunt on Oct. 17-21.
A Young Sportsman permit available to youngsters age 13-16 will also be offered.
Details about the hunt and how to apply are available at tnwildlife.org.
Camping caution: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a reminder to campers not to bring untreated firewood into parks and other camping areas from outside sources.
The rule is intended to curb the spread of insects that can decimate forests.
Treated firewood is allowed, and in some camping areas firewood can be collected around the campsite. In other areas firewood is for sale on or around the camping area.
Before camping in any state park, check in advance with park officials or on the park's website to make sure of the regulations.
BUI warning: The TWRA is patrolling area waters with an eye out for violators of safety regulations, with point of emphasis on BUI (boating under the influence). BUI carries similar penalties to operating a vehicle on the highway while under the influence.
Boaters are also required to have one life jacket per passenger on boat and readily accessible.
July 27: WMA elk hunt deadline
August 27: squirrel season opens
Sept. 1: dove season opens
Sept. 24: deer archery season opens
Oct. 28: fall turkey season opens
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