Seems only fitting that the youngsters get the first shots and kick off the gun deer season this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday are the first of two weekend hunts that allow only the youngsters to participate.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate and permit these future sportsmen to get off to a good start as for many it will be their first hunt.
Youth ages 6-16 may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader and archery equipment.
Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
Archery season began in the state on Sept. 22 and the first segment ends today, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery-only season is Monday through Nov. 2. Muzzleloader/archery season starts Nov. 3.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guide is available on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
In 2017, youth hunters harvested a total of 6,418 deer during the first weekend. It was an increase of 564 from the 2016 total.
REFUGE POLLINATOR DAY
The Henry County-based Kentucky Lake Quail Forever Chapter participated at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Pollinator Day Sept. 29 and the group is looking forward to establishing a quality pollinator habitat at the Britton Ford Trailhead. The chapter prepared and planted another pollinator habitat at Murray State Arboretum this spring as well.
Quail Forever chapter members and volunteers hope this will be a very successful project collaborating with the refuge. Working together, they hope to educate youth on the importance of pollinators and will work as partners to establish a quality pollinator habitat.
DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET
The Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited chapter will have its annual membership banquet on Nov. 3. This year’s dinner and auction will be held at Paris Convention Center, 1510 E. Wood St.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale from committee members. Single ticket is $50 and couple is $75. Greenwing will be admitted free with a paying adult. Sponsor level donors are $250 and couple is $275.
For additional information contact Michael Culley at 731-336-3866 or Ethan Lee at 731-415-3999.
QUAIL/RABBIT SEASONS NEAR
Tennessee’s small game hunters can take to the woods and fields on Nov. 3. That’s the opening day for quail and rabbit seasons. Both seasons have wide windows of opportunity as they run all the way through Feb. 29, 2019.
Daily bag limits are the same as last year with five daily for rabbit hunters and six daily for quail hunters.
DEER HARVEST UPDATE
Harvest figures continue to rise slowly for deer hunters across Tennessee but appear to be behind last year at this time for the West Tennessee area.
Earlier in the week, a spot check showed Henry County hunters have tagged 163 since the season opened on the fourth Saturday in September. Neighboring counties have the following total thus far: Benton 91, Carroll 68, Weakley 100 and Stewart is tied with Montgomery County in the top spot at 258.
YOUTH QUAIL HUNT
Kentucky Lake Quail Forever will be hosting its second annual Youth Quail Hunt from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at 4-E Kennel and Preserve located at 1100 Green Allen Springs Road, Huntingdon.
Members will bring pointing bird dogs, serve as guides, teach how to make lures from quail feathers, how to raise a bird dog, practice using a trap thrower, review hunter safety rules, enjoy a delicious lunch, and will teach the fine sport of hunting quail.
The event is free and open for the young hunters who have completed a hunter safety course. This free event is possible thanks to a grant awarded by the National Rifle Association Foundation. There are only 30 slots available for youth and they are filling rapidly. To sign up, call Clint Ellis at 731-693-9146 or Ken Creamer at 731-441-3886.
Today — Archery deer season closes and turkey season closes.
Saturday — Jakes Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Holly Fork Shooting Complex, Highway 79 northeast of Paris.
Saturday-Sunday — Young sportsman deer hunt.
Monday — Archery deer season reopens.
Nov. 2 — Archery deer season closes.
Nov. 3 — Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited banquet, Paris Convention Center, 1510 E. Wood St.
Nov. 3 — Muzzleloader season opens.
Nov. 3 — Quail and rabbit seasons open.
Nov. 10 — Kentucky Lake Quail Forever Youth Hunt, 4-E Kennels, Huntingdon.