Crappie anglers from several states are in the Paris area this weekend for a Crappie USA Tournament Trail’s Super Event, presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s.

Anglers will fish both Kentucky and Barkley lakes during the Friday and Saturday event. Weigh-in will be held each afternoon at Buchanan Resort.

A free Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held with the tourney at Buchanan Resort. Signup will be at 8 a.m. Saturday with fishing from 9-11 a.m.

REFUGE AREAS TO REOPEN MARCH 16

Seasonal closures within the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will reopen on March 16.

Popular areas scheduled to reopen on the Big Sandy Unit of the TNWR are Bennett’s Creek, Swamp Creek and the Sulphur Well basin.

 

STATE PARKS SPRING HIKE MARCH 16

Tennessee State Parks will host annual spring hikes on March 21 at all 56 state parks.

 Paris Landing’s moderate 3-mile hike from 910:30 a.m. will be guided by Park Ranger Gina Lowry.  

“Come meet new people and discover the beauty of West Tennessee and learn the history of Paris Landing,” she said.

“Along the way, we will stop and check out our bluebird artificial cavities to see if anyone has taken up residence. Don’t forget binoculars and cameras

“Limited binoculars available upon request. All fur babies are welcome, too!”

Hikers are urged to have sturdy footwear and bring bug spray, water, snacks and hiking sticks, if helpful.

STEELE/JOHNSON BASS TOURNAMENT

The annual Paul Steele/Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament will be March 28 out of PLSP Marina.

Sponsored locally by Hulme Sporting Goods, the event will have a $2,000 first-place prize.

Entry fee is $100 per boat. Teams also can enter that morning, cash only; registration will begin at 4:30 at the boat ramp.

Big bass will guarantee $500 with an optional big fish pot enter of $20 per boat. The smallest five-fish limit earns $100.

Proceeds support scholarships and community youth programs through the non-profit Two Rivers Bass Club. Entry forms are available at area sporting goods stores and marinas.

 

TWRA REFER-A-FRIEND CAMPAIGN

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Refer-a-Friend campaign has announced the addition of more rewards to encourage hunters and anglers to recruit their friends, family or anyone they know to buy their first license and go hunting or fishing.

The new bundle includes $10 off $50 with coupon from Academy Sports and Outdoors, 20 percent off Enigma fishing gear and 20 percent off on maps. All you have to do to get started is log in at www.goOutdoors.Tennessee.com, generate your code and share with family and friends.

When you generate your referral code, you will automatically be entered in a drawing for a resident’s sportsman license, donated by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.

More details can be found on the website at www.tn.gov/twra/license-sales/refer-a-friend.html.

LANDOWNER WORKSHOP ON APRIL 4

Both private forest landowners and professional foresters are invited to attend the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods (THH) spring forestry field days.

The closest field day will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Stewart State Forest near Dover.

Speakers will address woodland edibles and medicinals, and non-timber forest products, with a portable-sawmill demonstration of novelty wood, followed by a free lunch and door prizes.

The 2020 theme is “Special Forest Products.” The partners of these educational sessions are providing the events at no cost to participants. The agenda at each event will generally be as follows:

There is no fee associated with attending the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods field days. Please register in advance for meal purposes. Registration is limited to 80 for each location.

To register, call the Tennessee Forestry Association office in Nashville at (800) 893-7403.

State the location you will be attending, the number in your party, plus your address and phone number. The events will occur regardless of the weather.

This project is funded with Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program support through an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry.

Additional Sponsors include the Tennessee Forestry Association, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension, U.S. Forest Service and University of the South.

 

SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR

March 13-14 — Crappie USA Tournament, Buchanan Resort.

March 16 — Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge areas reopen.

March 28 — Friends of Tennessee Wildlife Refuge wild game dinner, Refuge Visitor Center.

March 28 — Paul Steele/Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament, Paris Landing State Park.

March 28-29 — Youth Sportsmen turkey hunt.

April 4-May 17 — Statewide turkey season.

April 4 — Landowner Workshop, Stewart State Forest, Dover.

April 4 — Carroll Lake reopens, McKenzie.

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