Go outdoors and enjoy the natural world around you during National Wildlife Refuge Week, Sunday through Oct. 19.
Visit the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Refuge system, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This year, Refuge Week celebrates all the ways people can connect to these thriving wild places to enhance their sense of health and well-being.
“There is no better time to rediscover hunting, fishing, wildlife-watching and a myriad of world-class recreation activities than during National Wildlife Refuge Week,” said principal deputy director for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Margaret Everson. “With newly expanded public access across hundreds of thousands of acres within the National Wildlife Refuge system, Americans have more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. I encourage everyone to get out and visit a refuge near you.”
Since 1903, national wildlife refuges have provided vital habitat for thousands of wildlife species. They also offer access to world-class recreation, nature walks, birding, photography, fishing, hunting and education programming. You can find at least one refuge in every state and every U.S. territory, and within an hour drive of most major cities.
More than 101 million people, 40 percent of the U.S. population age 16 and older, pursue wildlife-related recreation, including hunting and fishing.
Findings of a major study show Americans from all backgrounds understand that thriving wildlife populations and places dedicated to their conservation help them and their families live happier, healthier lives.
The refuge system is an unparalleled network of 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. More than 55 million Americans visit refuges every year.
Learn more about this year’s celebration by visiting www.fws.gov/refuges/events/National-Wildlife-Refuge-Week.html.
DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER DATE SET
The Paris-Henry County chapter of Ducks Unlimited has set its annual dinner date for Nov. 16. This year’s event will be at 6 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are now on sale from committee members and online. Single ticket is $50 and couple price is $75. Sponsor level is $250.
Greenwing Varsity Ticket is free for youngsters age 17 and under when accompanying a paid adult and includes a one-year youth DU membership.
To purchase tickets online go to HenryCountyDucks.org.
For details, contact one of the following committee members: Michael Culley, 336-0188; Ty Wilson, 336-7163; or Ethan Lee, 731-415-3999.
CROCKETT, GIBSON IN CWD AREA
A Madison County deer sampled within 10 miles of Crockett and Gibson counties has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. This causes Crockett County and Gibson County to become high-risk CWD counties. TWRA fully expects more counties to be included in the CWD affected area this year.
“It is unfortunate, but not unexpected that we are identifying more high-risk counties. There are now feeding restrictions and deer carcass exportation restrictions in Crockett and Gibson counties. It is important that the citizens in these counties help us in the fight against the spread of CWD by knowing the rules and following them. Stay informed at CWDinTennessee.com,” said Chuck Yoest, CWD coordinator for TWRA.
The sample came from a 3-1/2-year-old doe and brings the number of affected counties to 10, with six CWD high-risk and four CWD positive in West Tennessee. The only changes to the two new counties are a ban on wildlife feeding and deer carcass import/export rules.
These counties won’t have any changes to deer season dates and bag limits.
Reducing deer-to-deer contact is vital to stopping the spread of this disease and removing baiting, feeding and mineral sites is very important.
The placement of grains, salt products, and other consumable natural and manufactured products for wildlife is prohibited in CWD high-risk and positive counties.
The ban does not apply to feed placed within 100 feet of a residence, feed placed in a manner not accessible to deer, or feed and minerals as the result of normal agricultural practices.
BOW HUNTERS EMBRACE WEATHER
Bow hunters in Henry County got what they wished for this week: a dramatic weather change that brought rain, cooler temperatures and got deer to acdtively move.
At midweek, hunters had checked in 42 deer in Henry County, including a nice 10-pointer taken Tuesday morning by Henry County hunter Brandon French.
The hefty buck was French’s first ever taken with a bow.
HUNTING RETRIEVER CLUB EVENT
Retrievers of all sorts will be displaying their talents at the upcoming Tennessee River Hunting Retriever Club’s 20th annual fall hunt.
The big event will be in Union City Saturday and Sunday at Final Flight Outfitters, 5933 Hwy. 431. Watching these dogs work at the hands of experienced trainers is a sight to see. For more information, call 731-446-9394.
SECOND DOVE SEASON
Tennessee’s second segment of dove season returns on Saturday and will run through Nov. 3. Bag limit remains at 15 daily.
Although not many hunters participate in the second and third segments of the dove season, it can be a good time as most cornfields have been harvested and there are a lot of opportunities for hunters out there right now.
The third and final segment will open Dec. 8 and run through Jan. 15, 2020.
Today-Sunday — Tennessee Bass Federation, Paris Landing State Park.
Saturday — Refuge Discovery Series, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
Saturday through Oct. 22 — Resident season on Canada geese.
Saturday-Sunday — Tennessee River Hunting Retriever Club Hunt test, Final Flight Outfitters, Union City.
Saturday — Second segment of dove season opens.
Sunday through Oct. 19 — National Wildlife Refuge Week.
Thursday through Oct. 20 — Bass Fishing League (BFL), PLSP.
Oct. 26 — Bassing USA, PLSP.
Oct. 26-27 — Young Sportsman deer hunt.