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When it comes to competition at UT Martin and Murray State, most people first think about sports, and rightfully so. But what many don’t know is that both universities have several academic teams that are regionally and nationally competitive, including teams from each school’s wildlife program.

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Stable lake stages finally arrived for Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene, which has been a rare scenario thus far this spring. It has been a topsy-turvy spring for both lake levels and weather patterns to say the least.

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The annual Carl Perkins Center Cast-N-Blast is coming up Saturday out of Paris Landing State Park marina. The event will have both a bass tournament and a turkey hunt, plus a free fishing rodeo for children ages 4-14 years of age.

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Randall Bowden of Paris took this gobbler recently that weighed 23.1 pounds and sported a 9-3/4-inch beard and 1-1/4-inch spurs. It was his second gobbler of the season. Turkey hunters have had a decent season thus far despite weird weather conditions and a lot of windy days.

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From this week’s Kentucky Lake fishing scene comes yet another roller coaster of weather patterns that have kept anglers guessing on just when to get out there. It has been a mixture of rainy days with daily thunderstorms, and at midweek the weatherman was crowing about severe storms, gale f…

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I once visited Marion County’s Nickajack Cave and was sad about how little the history of the place is told there. The woods near the cave have a trail and boardwalk, and the area is maintained as a wildlife refuge by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Agency. B…

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s curve for reservoir filling begins each spring on the first day of April. After a slow but gradual rise — under normal conditions — in elevation throughout the month, the lake should reach its summer pool elevation of 359 feet around the first of May.

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Mark Atkins, who lives in Paris and writes the “Look Away” column for The Post-Intelligencer, praised government officials for the hedges in front of the Paris Civic Center and Paris Elementary School. “I am pointing it out because it has been magnificently trimmed and someone in government …

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Last weekend belonged to the youngsters as the special Young Sportsman’s Turkey Hunt got things going. Now it’s time for the rest of Tennessee’s turkey hunters to suit up and hit the woods and fields, with the season opening here Saturday. Hunters have their fingers crossed that last weekend…

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Once spring officially arrives, it means turkey season is close at hand. For youngsters falling in the age bracket between 6 and 16 years of age, there’s a special weekend each year.

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We have an abundance of water, until we don’t. In many months of the year, parts of our region are underwater, flooded from the backwaters of the Tennessee, Mississippi and Ohio rivers. No one here thinks about a water shortage, ever, until we don’t have any.

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Northwest winds had a bite on a late February morning and I wondered if I had enough clothes on despite sporting two thick shirts and a hooded sweater. Not to worry as things were about to heat up in the rolling hills of Benton County.

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Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has been a bit mixed lately as to decent fishing conditions. Hold on as a warmup is on the way. Anglers have managed to get about one or two days a week on the water while the bulk of the time has seen inclement weather calling the shots. A day or two her…

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Tennessee’s 60-day statewide duck season will see the curtain fall Sunday at sunset. It started way back on the weekend after Thanksgiving with a short split that resumed in early December. Waterfowlers have had some pretty good weather these last few weeks of January. Just this week another…

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Deer season is about over in Tennessee unless you’re a youngster. Kids falling in the age bracket of 6-16 years of age get another crack at a special weekend youth hunt Saturday and Sunday.

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Are you somewhat surprised at just how fast the year went? Most of us older folks sure are. Seems like just yesterday we were discussing the same subject when we gathered around bait and tackle shops, coffee tables at local restaurants or in passing down an aisle at the grocery.

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Above average temperatures for the lion’s share of this year’s duck season have not stimulated much of a migration. Duck numbers down south are down. So is the morale for a lot of dreary duck hunters who have been logging a lot of time staring holes in an empty sky. The Christmas holiday per…

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Fishermen on the Kentucky Lake scene have had things going their way for the lion’s share of late fall, it appears winter will start off in their favor too. Temperatures have been above average for most of the month and for Christmas Day the forecasts say the high will make it to 61 degrees.…

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Unseasonably warm temperatures have really stirred up the fishing pox for late fall fishermen here on Kentucky Lake. Winter officially arrives next Tuesday but this week conditions have felt more like spring at times and that’s really put fishermen in the mood to get out and about. Several d…

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A short trip within our region will take you out of the rat race and change your whole atmosphere. Rolling hills away from modern day development will put you in a different frame of mind that will have you asking why you overlooked this wildlife wonderland. Odds are if you haven’t been ther…

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nxiously awaiting the ar- rival of Tennessee’s state- wide duck season opener are legions of camouflage-clad waterfowlers who will rise and shine early Saturday morning.The first segment of the state’s two-segment duckseason opens this weekend for a two-day hunt. After a short start, the sea…

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Harvest numbers of deer across the state increased significantly this past week. With muzzleloader already in progress and the regular gun opener last Saturday most all counties have seen a dramatic rise in just the last few days.The statewide total stood at 75,618 earlier this week, which j…

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Tennessee’s statewide duck season is fast approaching as the first of the two-segment season opens Nov. 27-28. Every year, select Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife management areas implement a 5-day closure prior to the opening of the duck season to avoid disturbance to roosting a…

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The Saturday before Thanksgiving is the traditional opening day of the regular gun season for deer and for most of the Volunteer State’s deer hunters it’s still considered their big day.

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Late fall fishing has been kind to anglers this week as sunny days teamed up with light winds to deliver picture perfect days out on Kentucky Lake. Temperatures were above normal for several days, allowing those outdoors to bask in the glow of a late fall sun and partake of the parade of col…

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BY STEVE McCADAMS The Kentucky Lake Quail Forever chapter will host a youth hunt for youngsters ages 11-15 on Saturday. Hours of the event are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will be held at Covenant Ranch, located at 8759 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris. It’s free to all participants. The hunt will …

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The Paris-Henry County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have its annual membership banquet that includes a live and silent auction Saturday night at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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After last week’s meeting hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Henry County Fairgrounds, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts are better informed about the ramifications of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state’s herd but most in the crowd now find themselves in a deer dilemma.

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October is about to fade away on the calendar as a cold front pushes the pumpkin month away. For Kentucky Lake anglers, it was a month with more changes than usual. Traditionally it’s a month with a reputation for stability in terms of weather patterns and lake levels.

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Kentucky Lake’s late October fishing scene has seen cooler surface temperatures descend since last week’s cool snap, which seems to suit anglers just fine. Added to the lower surface temps have been lower lake levels, too.

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Grant Guinn of Paris shows his trophy bull elk taken recently in East Tennessee. The bull has a unique 7x6 rack and an estimated weight of more than 700 pounds. Guinn was fortunate to have his name drawn to participate in the hunt that saw only six other hunters drawn statewide by the Tennes…

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