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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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Harvest numbers from archery hunters this week appear to have been a bit sluggish in this area. Since the season opened two weeks ago, the total at midweek for Henry County stood at 40. A check of neighboring counties showed Benton with 13; followed by Weakley, 29; Carroll 35; and Stewart, 5…

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Mention fall crappie fishing and some folks look at you like a cow looking at a new gate. Popular opinion has the peak time for the area’s most popular panfish here on Kentucky Lake occurring in early to mid-April. While spring may always be the most popular season for crappie as the vast ma…

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Nice stable weather across the region has greeted Kentucky Lake anglers this week, making it a pleasure to be out and about. Light winds have been the norm and cool mornings with a touch of fog at times kicked off the start that had fishermen shedding jackets and shirts by midday.

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Kentucky Lake’s late summer fishing scene has been pretty good for catfishermen and a few crappie anglers who have found buried treasures. Nice weather has descended on the region this week and that’s the norm for late summer and early fall fishing. Cool mornings have appealed to anglers who…

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News last week of the first confirmed deer discovered in Henry County with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has had biologists and hunters buzzing. From the northwest portion of the county came the evidence that a 3-1/2-year-old doe was exhibiting unusual behavior and sporting a thin frame. The…

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program (ACHIP) reached a milestone in July as 10 million pounds of invasive carp have been removed from Kentucky and Barkley reservoirs. The program began in September 2018 and has provided incentives to wholesale fish d…

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News this week about the forthcoming fall flight of ducks isn’t what weary duck hunters wanted to hear. It’s not going to be a washout but waterfowlers across the Mississippi flyway were hoping to read about scores of young ducks in the migration this year. That’s not the case, say biologist…

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2021 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Sept. 1. Land owners can earn up to $3,600 for providing a dove field for public hunting. These fields must be available for a minimum of th…

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The local National Wild Turkey Federation chapter known as the Tennessee River Longbeards will host its annual Jakes Day on Saturday. It’s a special day of activities and food for youngsters age 17 and under, which includes a gun giveaway.

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Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene was the beneficiary of a rare early August cool snap this week that brought a touch of fall to the early morning air. Anglers had a little hurdle with some northeast wind but it was a small price to pay for the lower humidity and temperatures.

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Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce season three of its online film series, DU Conserve. The first of this season’s four-part film series premieres Thursday. DU Conserve is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film…

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing special, underwater barriers along the Tennessee River to limit the movement of invasive Asian carp. And they’re asking for your input. If you’re the least bit concerned about the invasive Asian carp situation on our waterways, namely Kentucky Lake…

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Join the Woodlands Nature Station as it celebrates the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird during the month of August. More than 250 hummingbirds will pass through the Woodlands Nature Station backyard as they migrate south through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area for the winter.

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Henry Countians’ next opportunity to attend a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunter safety class is fast approaching. Dates of the next class are July 26-27 and July 29-30. The class will skip July 28. The class will be at Russwood Baptist Church, 695 Pineview Drive in Springville. Part…

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Remember back in the spring when nasty north winds whipped up whitecaps across the open waters of Kentucky Lake? Bone chilling winds cut like a knife and anglers had to pull up the hood on their jackets while attempting to find a fishing spot on the leeward side of a cove or bay. Chances are…

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The application period for the 2021-22 season-long (Tier 1) duck blinds is underway and will close July 21 with results announced in early August. All applications must be submitted through www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com. Significant changes have been made to public land duck hunting this year …

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Annual drawdown on both Kentucky and Barkley lakes has begun. Fishermen, boaters, property owners and recreationists along the shores may have already noticed a slight drop in lake levels the past week or so. Once July arrives on the calendar, the TVA initiates its annual drawdown curve and …

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water Saturday-Monday. Operation Dry Water is a weekend of education and enforcement about the dangers of impaired boating throughout the state.

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 Crappie USA returns to Kentucky and Barkley lakes with a regional event today and Saturday. Competitive tournament anglers will be here vying for the Region 1 championship, presented by Bass Pro Shops/ Cabela’s. During the year, anglers may also compete in the $50,000 points race and an opp…

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A variety of species is helping kick off the June fishing scene along Kentucky Lake. The bite has been pretty good for late bedding bluegill plus some scattered shellcracker have also shown up for a parting glance. Catfish have been consistent, too, and have provided some coolers full of fun…

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Billed as the kickoff to the summer boating season, the annual Memorial Day holiday has long been known to jump start a wide range of recreational activities on and around Kentucky Lake. However, when a cold front blows in and temperatures fall below normal, it’s another ballgame. While it d…

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After a strange cool front that nipped a lot of fishing plans in the bud last weekend, Kentucky Lake anglers have shaken it off and headed back to battle. Before the arrival of some weird weather, anglers up and down the reservoir were chalking up some pretty hefty stringers of catfish and b…

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Donja Nolen (right), 8, of Paris caught this 10-pound, 11-ounce catfish on May 20 in his grandfather’s pond in Henry County. With him are (from left) Nick and Xavier Waters, sons of Craig and Crystal Waters of Paris. Nolen is the grandson of Angela Nolen and Michael Williams Sr.

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Expect the biggest crowd of the boating season to be out in force this weekend. The official kickoff of the boating season is here even though summer won’t arrive for another three weeks or so.

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The 2021 National Safe Boating Week starts Saturday and continues through May 28. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wearing of life jackets as the summer boating season starts.

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Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been the beneficiary of stable lake levels this week and it appears that will continue for the near future. Warmer days are already entering the picture so things will continue to heat up for bass, crappie, bluegill, redear and catfishermen.

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Looks like a nice forecast for the Kentucky Lake fishing scene as the next several days will see warmer temperatures and diminishing rain chances. Most anglers agree such a forecast is overdue.

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The sixth annual Bluegill Blowout fishing tournament returns on Saturday on Kentucky Lake. Hosted by Covenant Ranch, the fishing event will offer anglers a chance to catch bluegill, sunfish and redear sunfish, commonly referred to as shellcracker.

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Calling all future fishermen ages 12 and under to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Junior Fishing Rodeo Saturday. The event returns to Williams Lake, 120 Greenacres Drive, where some hungry catfish mixed with a few bluegill and bass await young anglers. Registration is free. Prizes will be award…

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Anglers across the region have been asking themselves all week whether this is really late April spring fishing or did we just skip summer and go directly to the fall fishing scene? Below average temperatures escorted by annoying north winds have had a touch of October in the air for more th…

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The fourth annual Cast ’N’ Blast to benefit the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will arrive on April 17. A combination bass tournament and turkey hunt will coincide with a kids fishing rodeo. Check-ins will be held at Paris Landing State Park marina.

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Luke Boyd is all smiles after taking his first turkey during the Young Sportsman’s Turkey Hunt this year. The 10-year old youngster shared the woods in Henry County that morning with his dad Joey.

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