Since the archery deer season opened back on Sept. 22, harvest numbers are down across the state and especially across West Tennessee.
Here in Henry County, a mere 52 deer have been checked in as of midweek. The statewide total stands at 4,440.
No doubt the above average temperatures and dry conditions have been a factor across the region and throughout the entire state as well.
A lot of hunters have been waiting for the weather change to stimulate movement. And, most hunters have opted to wait for better weather before even going to their stands lately.
With the weather change now in progress, hunters should see more activity and watch for harvest numbers to increase dramatically by next week.
SECOND SEGMENT FOR DOVES
The second segment of Tennessee’s three-segment dove season opens Saturday. It will run through Nov. 4.
While the most popular segment is always the first one, there are some good opportunities for dove hunting this time of year. Doves often move through and concentrate around shelled corn fields or feed lots during the October and early November time frame.
The third segment will open on Dec. 8.
TWRA: GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR TREES
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups with riparian tree planting projects.
All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is December through March.
Five grants, at $500 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $2,500 a region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2019. In order to meet this deadline, TWRA will accept proposals through Nov. 30 this year.
Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreements on behalf of the organization. The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description.
Contact Della Sawyers at 615-781-6577 or by e-mail at Della.Sawyers@tn.gov with any questions. For additional information, interested persons may also contact a regional Aquatic Habitat Protection biologist at the TWRA Jackson office.
Contact Allen Pyburn at 731-423-6541 or email Allen.Pyburn@tn.gov.
WATERFOWL COMMENTS SOUGHT
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is soliciting comments for its 2019-20 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting regulations, including sandhill cranes. This is an opportunity for the public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. The comment period is open from Monday through Nov. 30.
Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons are proposed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its January meeting and voted upon at its February meeting.
Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2019-20 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Waterfowl Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
Saturday — Fall turkey shotgun season opens.
Saturday — Second segment of dove season opens.
Monday through Nov. 30 — TWRA waterfowl comment period.
Oct. 26 — Archery deer season closes and turkey season closes.
Oct. 27-28 — Young sportsman deer hunt.
Oct. 29 — Archery deer season reopens.