Aidan Swisher

Posing with a 10-point buck he took earlier this week is 13-year-old Aidan Swisher of Henry County. While bowhunting during fall break from school, he shared a deerstand with his dad, Brodie, and had this trophy come his way as they hunted a rubline adjacent to a soybean field. Aidan made a perfect 23-yard shot and the buck tipped over just 12 yards away from the tree stand. 

The last weekend of October is set aside on the sportsmen’s calendar across Tennessee for youngsters to take over the woods and fields.

Every year, young boys and girls in the 6-16 age bracket have a deer season they can call their own.

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2019-20 season will be held this weekend.

Once the special weekend hunt arrives, the state’s archery season, which has been in progress since Sept. 28, will close for two days so as not to conflict with the young hunters.

The archery season will resume Monday after the weekend hunt is over. Then, the archery-only segment runs through Nov. 8. A muzzleloader and archery combo season will open Nov. 9 and run through Nov. 23.

Meanwhile, participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment during their weekend hunt.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters.

Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

The TWRA makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guide is available on the TWRA website., the TWRA App, and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

In 2018, youth hunters harvested a total of 5,379 deer during the first weekend.

The total included 2,700 bucks.



Bass boats were buzzing last week across the vast waters of Kentucky Lake as a big tournament out of Paris Landing State Park had some 200 or so boats testing the water.

It was a regional event here on Kentucky and Barkley lakes from a northern division within the Bass Fishing League and it showed the bite was tough. Anglers had three days of competition and not many limits were taken.

Several accomplished fishermen did not even weigh in fish during the contest.

Angler Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa won the tournament but even he did not land a limit all three days.

However, his catch of 31 pounds over three days bested the field and earned him a hefty payback of $70,000.

According to the BFL results, it took less than 14 pounds over three days of competition just to make the top 20.

That’s a pretty tough bite and many anglers went home dismayed after the grudge match.



The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is soliciting comments for its 2020-21 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting regulations, including sandhill cranes.

This is an opportunity for the public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. The comment period is open through Dec. 2.

Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons are proposed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its January meeting and voted upon at its February meeting.

Public comments will be considered by the TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes.

Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2020-21 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 37211 or emailed to

Please include “Waterfowl Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions. 



Young Henry County hunter Aidan Swisher got his deer season off to a good start already. The 13-year-old hunter was out of school last week on fall break while archery season was in progress and shared one of those cool mornings in the deer stand with his dad, Brodie.

They were hunting along a rubline in a staging area leading out to a harvested soybean field, according to the report from his dad. The hefty buck came down the trail following a doe. Aidan made a perfect 23-yard shot and the buck tipped over just 12 yards away from the tree stand.

A photo of Aidan and his trophy buck accompanies this column.



The Paris-Henry County chapter of Ducks Unlimited has set its annual dinner date for Nov. 16. This year’s event will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Hours are 6-10 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale from committee members and online. A single ticket is $50 and couple price is $75. Sponsor level is $250.

A 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

For information on the forthcoming event, contact one of the following committee members: Michael Culley, 336-0188; Ty Wilson, 336-7163; or Ethan Lee, 731-415-3999.



It’s hard to believe it’s that time again. Rabbit and quail season, that is, as the small game seasons return to the sportsmen’s calendar every year on the first weekend of November.

Dates for this year’s seasons are Nov. 2 through Feb. 9, 2020. Daily bag limits are the same as last year with five allowed daily on rabbits and six on quail.

It’s time to get the beagles out of the pen and let them have a few practice days of running and exercise.

As to the forecast on cottontails and quail: too early to tell, according to most hunters. Not many quail are around as their plight continues.

A few rabbits have been seen so perhaps the hare and the hound’s quest will continue.



Today — Archery season ends.

Saturday — Bassing USA, Paris Landing State Park.

Saturday-Sunday — Young Sportsman deer hunt.

Monday — Archery season resumes.

Nov. 2 — Rabbit/quail seasons open.

Nov. 3 — Second segment of dove season ends.

Nov. 9-22 — Muzzleloader/archery season opens.

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