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The 2019 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday. The archery season dates in five of the state’s deer hunting units are the same. The dates are Saturday through Oct. 25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 8.

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Anglers and recreational boaters had best pay close attention to channel markers as the TVA has Kentucky Lake elevation down several feet from summer pool elevation. For the next several months, boaters don’t want to take those shortcuts across main lake sandbars or cut corners entering bays…

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Holly Fork Shooting Complex, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Tosh Farms have teamed up to host the first dove hunt to benefit the Henry County Youth Shooting Sports program. The hunt is scheduled for Saturday and the event kicks off with a big lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

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Last week’s column dealt with some history of Asian carp introduction into our waterways and a new tool — a Bio-Acoustic Fish Fence (BAFF) — about to be introduced that will enhance the ability of fish and wildlife agencies to curtail migration.

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Most wars are won fighting one battle at a time. Those on the front lines in the war on Asian carp are hoping a new weapon about to be introduced will turn the tide in their favor. So far, slugging it out in the trenches with a variety of attempts and a lack of funding has proven to be prett…

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The first Saturday in August is a special day across Tennessee for duck hunters. It signals the arrival of the annual duck blind drawings at a few select wildlife management areas under the umbrella of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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Thumbs up to the weatherman this week. After enduring weeks of hot and humid weather, Kentucky Lake anglers woke up to cool, crisp mornings this week, reminiscent of mid-October when jacket mornings and shirt sleeve afternoons are the norm.

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Weathermen across the region seem to be singing the same song this week; rising temperatures as the weekend approaches with the possibility of three-digit readings in some areas. That’s not what Kentucky Lake anglers wanted to hear for the mid-July fishing scene.

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After a long stretch of above normal elevation, Kentucky Lake has finally returned to normal summer pool levels. For some two weeks or more, the reservoir jumped up out of proportion, cresting last week around the 362.7 feet mark, which was almost 4 feet above normal summer elevation of 359.

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Tennessee boaters have the month of June to renew their boat registration before the first fee increase in 12 years goes into effect on July 1, pending approval by the Government Operations Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.

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The FLW Bass Fishing League tournament season continues June 15-16 with back-to-back T-H Marine FLW LBL Division tournaments on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000, respectively, in each tournament. Takeoffs…

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Above-average temperatures have hung around for about a week now and Kentucky Lake anglers have found themselves transitioning toward summer fishing patterns a bit earlier than anticipated.

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It’s the weekend boaters have been waiting for since many of them went into hibernation just after Labor Day.Labeled as the official start to the summer boating season, Memorial Day weekend kicks off a recreational barrage for boaters, fishermen, campers, skiers, tubers and all lake dwellers.

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Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene was pretty good this week for catfishermen, who continue to land decent stringers from rocky banks and also throughout the secondary bays where spawning continues.

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Every year, hundreds of people lose their lives in boating incidents. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four of five recreational boating fatalities, and that 83 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. 

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What started way back in late March is now drawing to a close. Tennessee’s spring turkey season will see the curtain fall Sunday as the statewide season ends.

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Still on the prowl this week are spawning catfish along the rocky banks of Kentucky Lake. Several nice ones have been taken in the backs of small coves and pockets just off the main lake, too, as the fish move up to search for spawning territory plus feast on bluegill beds.

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Emery Miles got herself a gobbler on March 24 weighing in at 28 pounds, 2 ounces with an 11-inch beard and 1.5 inch spurs. She shot the bird using a 20-gauge shotgun while hunting in a turkey blind with her dad Kevin Miles. 

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