Holiday season keeps everyone busy, but so do hunting seasons
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 3:02 pm
By: Brent Callicott
Not only is this the busiest time of the year for everyone to be out doing their Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holidays, this is also the busiest time of year for hunting. It also means a great opportunity to spend time with your child in the outdoors or your family in general.
There are many different hunting seasons either open as we speak or just about to open.
The two main hunting seasons are deer and duck/goose seasons.
Other seasons that are open at this time are: Squirrel and rabbit, which is open now until Feb. 29, 2012. Quail season is open now through Jan. 31, 2012. Also, the third and final segment of dove season will open Dec. 19 and close Jan. 15, 2012.
There are many other seasons open now and to see a complete list and the limits, go to the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org.
Reelfoot Lake has already seen its two-day duck season come and go. Now it’s Tennessee’s statewide two-day season Saturday and Sunday. Then there is the Kentucky Short Duck season that will open Thursday and will go through Sunday.
The Tennessee Statewide and Reelfoot Lake Zone Duck season will reopen Dec. 3 and will go through Jan. 29, 2012.
Tennessee goose season is as follows: The Northwest Canada Goose Zone will be Dec. 3 through Feb. 12, 2012.
The Northwest Zone includes Lake, Obion and Weakley counties; that portion of Dyer County, north of Highway 104; and that portion of Gibson County bounded on the south by Highway 104 (west of Trenton) and on the west by Highway 45W (south of Trenton).
The Tennessee Statewide Canada Goose season will be this weekend and then will start back up Dec. 3 and go through Jan. 29.
The Statewide Zone includes all counties and portions of counties not included in the Northwest Zone.
Kentucky’s long duck season will reopen on Dec. 5 through Jan. 29, 2012. The Kentucky Goose Season is now through Jan. 31, 2012.
Well, just two weeks ago, we were hoping some nice rains would move in and help the area lakes and rivers with their water levels. I think your prayers have been answered.
Just this past week starting on early Sunday morning through early Monday morning, we had around .80 of an inch of rainfall. The next round of rain hit late Monday evening and lasted into the morning on Tuesday. Another .85 inches of rainfall during that time, which brings the total this week so far to 1.65 inches of rain. Add that to between 4 1/2 and five inches last week and you have at least 6.50 inches of rain, if not more.
Down around the western portion of Obion County in the Reelfoot Lake area and Lake County, several more raindrops fell, which according to the USGS website, they have received on the southern end of Reelfoot Lake around 3.25 inches of rain since early Sunday morning. This should help out the levels on Reelfoot Lake for sure.
This has Reelfoot Lake up but still below the normal pool level by a few inches.
Looking down the road as far as the weather is concerned, more rain over the weekend and into early next week with a hint of the white stuff Monday. Much colder temps are in the forecast for next week as of right now.
Any rain that falls will run off right into the lake and should continue to raise the lake levels — getting ever so closer to the normal pool level.
I want to also bring to your attention that my good friend and longtime touring BassMaster Elite Series Pro Mark Menendez will be hosting two bass tips learning experiences after the first of the year in February. I will post more on this in December but Mark will be hosting a BassMaster University School during a weekend in February and then will be hosting a three-night bass school the same month.
The weekend bass school is scheduled for Feb. 11-12, 2012. Then, Mark’s bass class is going to be condensed in to three classes on the following days: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 6. Each class will be three hours in length (6-9 p.m.).
I will be having more information to pass along soon so stay tuned.
The TWRA Trout Stocking Program has one more year of stocking area city-owned lakes and ponds. The regular stocking of the Reelfoot Pond in Union City will be on Dec. 14 and again on Jan. 18, 2012. They will only stock the Reelfoot Pond and not the Moose/VFW Pond.
I hope lots of great quality time will be spent with your family and friends during this holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite seasons. Most of us have so much to be thankful for and usually most everyone can find something that makes them feel thankful.
My family comes to mind first. I am so thankful I have the family I do, the best! Then everything else follows, a good job, a roof over my head, my church family, good health, tons and tons of great friends and one that is also very important is I’m thankful for America and the freedom we have. That also makes me think of the military right off the bat of how thankful I am for the security they provide with our armed forces. May GOD Bless America.
Just take a minute during this holiday season to find something your thankful for.
Til next week’s column,
Published in The Messenger 11.25.11