Winter trout stockings return to Paris Eiffel Tower Park pond, located on Eiffel Tower Road extended off Volunteer Drive, on Wednesday. This will be the second stocking as one took place back in early December as well.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s winter trout stocking program resumes at selected locations and will continue through the middle portion of March.
The program provides numerous close-to-home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months. These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing.
The trout will average about 10 inches in length. The daily creel limit is seven, but there is no size limit. Anglers are reminded that a trout license is needed in addition to the fishing license. Please note that the dates and locations are subject to change. Updates can be found on TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org in the fishing section and the 2019-20 Winter Trout Stocking icon.
Stockings will also take place on the same day at McKenzie City Park Lake, Martin City Park and Union City’s Reelfoot Packing Plant lake.
EAGLE TOUR AT REFUGE
The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a combination bald eagle and waterfowl tour on the Duck River Unit of the refuge on Jan. 25. Hours of the tour will be noon until 5 p.m.
Refuge staff will be on hand to help visitors identify the various species of waterfowl. For additional information call the refuge office at 642-2091.
BIG DOG PREDATOR HUNT
The 10th annual Big Dog Predator Hunt returns to the Henry County area on Feb. 8. However, hunters wishing to participate are advised of the registration deadline of Jan. 31.
Registration forms are available at The Tackle Box, 6160 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris. Paybacks have increased for this year’s hunt and first place will pay $5,000 to the winning team.
The biggest coyote taken will earn $1,000 and the smallest will earn $250.
Also added to this year’s payback will be a $250 prize to the biggest bobcat checked in.
Entry fee is $100 for each two-man team. All teams must preregister. All hunters are subject to polygraph testing and the winning team is required to take a polygraph.
Check-in will be held at Holly Fork Shooting Complex and all hunters must check in by 6:30 p.m.
For additional information, contact Randall Bowden at 695-2412 or Shannon Bethune at 697-4938.
DOVE SEASON ENDS
Tennessee’s third and final segment ends Wednesday. The first segment of the three-segment season started way back on Sept. 1.
Although not many hunters participate in the late season segment, it can be good if you locate a concentration of birds feeding in harvested corn fields or around feed lots.
SPRING TURKEY HUNT DEADLINE
Turkey hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for spring quota turkey hunts on TWRA wildlife management areas is fast approaching. Application deadline is Wednesday.
For more information, log on to www.tnwildlife.org.
Saturday-Sunday — Young sportsmen’s deer hunt.
Wednesday — Dove seasons end.
Wednesday — Wildlife Management Area spring quota turkey hunt application deadline.
Wednesday — Trout stocking, Eiffel Tower Park pond.
Jan. 25 — Waterfowl/bald eagle tour, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Duck River unit.
Jan. 31 — Duck season ends.
Jan. 31 — Big Dog Predator Hunt registration deadline.