Youth waterfowl hunt still a go

Youth waterfowl hunt still a go

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 10:06 am
By: By BRENT CALLICOTT

Youth waterfowl hunt still a go
Though snow may be hindering many indoor activities, but there is something to do outside.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Reelfoot Lake Zone annual youth hunt will be held on Reelfoot Lake.
It will be the last weekend of youth waterfowl hunts.
Youth ages 6-15 can hunt as long as they have an adult at least age 21 with them.
However, the winter weather has taken one event off of this weekend’s schedule.
The seminar with Al Arthur sponsored by Tennessee River Hunting Retriever Hunting Club that was supposed to take place this weekend has been postponed until March 26 and 27 due to weather.
 The seminar will take place at Quail Haven Preserve, located just outside Union City.
It will be open to the first 16 people that sign up.
The cost to take part is $125 per person.
For more information about the seminar, contact Eddie Watkins at 693-0697.
Here is some information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, regarding the deer hunting season.
Tennessee’s 2010-11 deer harvest numbers saw a slight increase over those of the previous year.
As harvest numbers continued to trickle into the agency through January, Tennessee hunters harvested 162,465 deer beginning with the archery season in late September — an increase of 644 from last year.
Giles County was the top harvest county with 5,236. Henry County was second with 5,096 followed by Hardeman County 4,657, Fayette County 4,730, Lincoln County 4,380, Franklin County 3,940, Maury County 3,607, Montgomery County 3,523, Weakley County 3,369, and Carroll County 3,071 to complete the top 10.
A harvest increase was seen in 54 of Tennessee’s 95 counties during this hunting season.
Also, TWRA ornithologist Scott Somershoe has announced the agency is looking for bald eagle nests across Tennessee in 2011.
TWRA, in partner with other government agencies and private citizens, have been monitoring bald eagle nests across the state for many years; however there are gaps in monitoring as birds have moved nests and many new nests are appearing annually.
Somershoe says it is the aim to conduct a complete inventory of eagle nests in the state in 2011.
The goal of the project is to document all active nesting locations in the state as part of a comprehensive nest monitoring program to estimate population size and growth for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
New eagle nests are showing up across the state, including one within the city limits of Franklin, and there are many other nests that may have been around for years that are not included in the statewide database.  
If you have any questions or know of any bald eagle nests, please contact Somershoe at (615) 781-6653 or scott.somershoe@tn.gov.
A dream is about to come true for one area bass angler.
Avid outdoorsman and now Rookie Elite BassMaster Elite Series Ben Parker has headed south to practice fish in search of bass spots for his first tournament on tour. Parker will fish two events back to back in the “Sunshine State” come March.
He will also be sporting a new Black SUV along with his new Phoenix Boat come tournament time.
Parker is looking for possible sponsors.  
As I mentioned, he will be sporting and new, black SUV to pull his new boat with.
If you are interested in getting a sponsorship logo placed on Parker’s new ride, you will need to contact Bill Coffee of Union City at 884-2184 or stop by Penny Hill Subs.
Parker is set to fish at least eight tournaments this season.
You can follow his career by visiting www.bassmaster.com and watch each weigh-in live or visit his own website at www.parkersoutfitting.com.
I also want to remind everyone that the eagle tours on and around Reelfoot Lake are still ongoing.
For any questions about these tours, I have the info listed below.
Both the Tennessee State Parks systems and United States Fish and Wildlife Service are offering eagle tours at Reelfoot Lake.
More information about the TSP tours can be obtained by calling 253-9652.
For more details about the USFWS tours, call 538-2481.
Not much to report on fishing with the snowfall and cold temperatures we have had this past week.
Light is at the end of the tunnel.
Much warmer air temperatures are forecasted for our entire area starting this weekend and warming each day up into the 60’s by the end of next week.
Sunshine is also in the forecast if it all holds true. I can’t wait
No doubt that fishing season is just around the corner, folks.
I want to personally thank each of you who came out to our first-ever “Tackle Trade Day” Jan. 29 at Union City Marine.  
This event was a huge success and we plan to hold another next year at around the same time.
We had great seminars that were given by Gary Haynes, Keith Amerson, Billy Davis and Ben Parker.
We also gave away tons of stuff — some of which was very, very nice.
Look to see you there next year.
That’s all for this week’s column.  
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Til next week..
Catch ya soon
on the water folks..
Brent Callicott

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