February means renewal time for hunting and fishing licenses
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 3:00 pm
Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Saturday and do so each year at the beginning of prime fishing and are valid until the last day of February the following year. (Seasons are subject to change and license fees are subject to change.)
Migratory bird seasons are determined by federal regulations. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks and from all TWRA offices.
Please note: License paper will remain orange until 2016, instead of changing color each year as it has in the past. Please don’t be alarmed when your new license is the same color as your old one.
The Lifetime Sportsman License cannot be purchased online. Applications for this license may be obtained by calling the TWRA Nashville Office (615-781-6500), any of the four regional offices, or you can download an application on the TWRA website and mail it to TWRA.
Last weekend and the beginning of this week, I would say not many ventured out on to any body of water to fish, much less just to go outside. The weather wasn’t the best overall.
The second half of this week’s weather was a complete turnaround with much warmer temperatures.
Water temps dropped into the upper 30s more than likely but should warm due to the recent warm spell we are under now.
Water levels on Reelfoot Lake were in the 282.89 feet above sea level at around midweek but has since changed due to the mid-week rains. The normal lake level at Reelfoot is 282.20 feet above sea level.
This year’s BASS BassMaster Classic will be coming up next week. Host for this year’s classic will be the Shreveport-Bossier City area of Louisiana.
The body of water that will be fished is the Red River there in Louisiana.
There will be 49 competitors in this “super bowl” of bass tournaments with this year having a college angler qualify to fish this event for the first time and will be fishing with the big boys. Of the 49 anglers, 22 states in the United States will be represented.
You can follow all of the action live on the BassMaster website at www.bassmaster.com. They put on one heck of a show for sure and the expo is loaded with everything new that will be on the market for this year.
Locally, it’s early but the longtime running annual Reelfoot Lake Buddy Bass Tournament will be held April 7 on Reelfoot Lake out of the Kirby Pocket State Park area. Tournament hours will be the blast off at 7 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. sharp. Entry fee is $80 per boat (2 person team) and will be guaranteeing $1,500 for 1st through 3rd place. You can pre-register up until April 4th and pick up a entry form at Reynolds Brothers in Union City, some area Walmarts and other sporting good outlets. You can also register the morning of the tournament. I will be posting more on this in the weeks to come.
Hunters Night Out
Mark your calendars for March 8, a Thursday night, 6-9 p.m., when Hills Hardware here in Union City will be hosting “Hunters Night Out.” This will be a night where area hunters can come together, drop in and see what Hills has to offer. The store has a completely new look and new owners Bobby Joe Hill and his wife Debbie are inviting everyone to drop by and see what they have for all of your outdoor needs. Door prizes will be given away and some seminars will be going on. One in particular will be Jon Paul Moody of the Covenant Ranch in Paris will be doing one seminar for sure.
Some reps of different outdoor companies will be on hand, like the Primos Game Calls and Outdoor Co. Also, Missouri outdoor wildlife artist Tony Campbell will also be there. Hope to see you folks there.
Wild Game Supper
As I mentioned last week, I want to pass along about one area church that is hosting a outdoors banquet.
Calvary Baptist Church in Union City and the Calvary Baptist Harvest Outdoors Ministries will be hosting a Wild Game Supper March 24 at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and this will be held in the Mac Building there on the church grounds.
Jon Paul Moody, director of the Covenant Ranch in Paris, will be the guest speaker.
There will be great food and door prizes given away. Plus, at the same time you will hear a great message and learn about a great organization that’s just a rock’s throw from Union City.
Calvary Baptist Church is located at 2250 East Reelfoot Ave. here in Union City and to make reservations, you can call the church office at 885-6579.
I will have more on this in the weeks to come so stay tuned.
The Reelfoot Lake area has a new outdoor retail store on the bank of the lake, Reelfoot Outdoors, which is located in the old Blue Bank restaurant on the southern end of Reelfoot Lake.
Owners Brad Treece of Union City and Macky Wilson of Tiptonville just opened this new business adventure in the last few weeks. Reelfoot Outdoors hopes you let your hunting and fishing adventures start there with them. Inside the store, you will find all the hunting or fishing accessories you will need for your day on the water or in the field.
Reelfoot Outdoors feels that at the end of the day, outdoorsmen need a place to relax and rejuvenate for the next day’s adventures. The lodging provided here at Reelfoot Outdoors is quiet and comfortable and capable of taking care of a couple of friends or family to large groups.
You can contact them by calling 731-253-3203, e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping by at 3330 State Route 21 East, Tiptonville TN 38079. You can visit their website by going to www.reelfoot-outdoors.com .
Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks