Updates on waterfowl food at some of Kentucky Lake’s popular public hunting areas shows a mixed report on the status for this year’s hunting season.

Heavy rains earlier this month have taken a toll in some of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s wildlife management area units where crews had planted corn for wintering waterfowl.

Several acres were flooded out as the low lying areas are vulnerable to flooding during planting and growing seasons. The rains have a negative impact on a 125-acre corn crop that was lost in West Sandy WMA. Crews hope to come back with millet if conditions dry out.

Other places losing a planted crop of corn were both Big Sandy and Gin Creek units. Camden Bottoms, however, dodged a bullet and has 225 acres of corn planted there that looks good.

 

STATE PARKS OFFER DISCOUNT

Tennessee State Parks are providing a 10% discount for Tennessee residents to enjoy overnight accommodations through a new Tennessee Resident Discount Program, applying to most campsites, cabins and lodge rooms across the state.

“Our parks belong to Tennesseans, so it is only fitting that state residents pay less than out-of-state visitors for overnight stays,” said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “We believe Tennessee taxpayers deserve this break in the parks.”

Tennessee State Parks encourage Tennesseans to visit a park that is close to home when selecting a vacation destination and practice social distancing. The state parks offer a variety of options for overnight stays, including lodge rooms, cabins and sites for RVs, tents and hammock camping. Overnight accommodations are open, but availability may be limited as parks officials work to maintain social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reservations are available online at reserve.tnstateparks.com. Simply select “Tennessee Resident Discount” during payment. Reservations are also available in person or by phone by calling the specific park. Go to tnstateparks.com for details.

The discount is for all Tennessee residents age 18 and older with a valid state-issued photo ID. A Tennessee resident must occupy the campsite, cabin or lodge room to qualify. Guests must provide a current valid state-issued photo ID that includes a valid Tennessee residence at time of check-in. Staff will not accept photocopies of the ID as proof of residency. The discount will not apply to premium campsites, and some camp exclusions may apply.

The discount may not be combined with other discounts such as active military, disabled veteran, senior, disabled or state employee discounts. The discount does not apply to group facilities, boat rentals and permits. Discounts will not apply to reservations made prior to July 1.

 

WEST SANDY DUCK BLIND OWNERS

Duck blind owners in West Sandy WMA (Wildlife Management Area) will gather Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 8-11 a.m. to register blinds with the TWRA.

This is a traditional registration date and procedure for blind owners who had been grandfathered on their blinds through the years. Other locations which are in the public draw held annually were part of the new online draw last week that was changed this year because of pandemic guidelines.

Blind owners registering will see no change in their procedure this year.

 

FAVORITE FISHING QUOTATIONS

Every week, I’ll be listing a quote from the book, The Angler’s Guide of Favorite Fishing Quotations. It’s an inspired collection of wit and wisdom for those who love to fish.

It’s a nice collection for any fishermen’s bookshelf and available for $12.50 from Penguin Random House by emailing customerservice@penguinrandsomehouse.com or call 800-733-3000.

This week’s entry reads: “I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.” — William Tapply.

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