Thursday meeting to address Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Jeremy Powers of Paris bagged this hefty 10-point buck last week that weighed around 200 pounds. It was his largest buck taken with a bow and had a 10-point rack. He said it will make the Pope and Young record book.

Want to know more about Chronic Wasting Disease and how the local deer herd might be affected by the recent discovery of a doe here in Henry County that tested positive for CWD?

If so, make plans to attend an upcoming meeting that will better inform you of the overall scenario and the ramifications of CWD discovery here in Henry County.

It should be an informative meeting that will help educate the local area on the history and present status of CWD in both the statewide and local deer population. Also, it will address the status of processing, handling and eating venison, which are concerns of a lot of folks throughout the region.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the University of Tennessee Extension Service are hosting a public informational meeting to address questions regarding CWD since the recent discovery. Henry County has changed status to a CWD-positive county and Weakley County is now CWD high-risk.  

Residents, hunters and stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn more about CWD. The CWD informational meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch building.

For additional information about the event, call the Henry County UT Extension office at 642-2941.

 

YOUTH DEER HUNT NEARS

The first of two special season Young Sportsman deer hunts is fast approaching. Dates for the first hunt are Oct. 29-30. Another hunt will be held after the regular gun season ends and dates for that hunt are Jan. 8-9, 2022.

The hunts are open to youngsters age 6-16. Youngsters can use a regular gun, muzzleloader or archery equipment. All youngsters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. 

Antlerless bag limits in this unit are not to exceed a total of two antlerless deer for the four days combined in the Young Sportman hunts, according to TWRA regulations.

 

REELFOOT LAKE PELICAN FESTIVAL

A weekend of wildlife viewing and educational opportunities will be taking place at Reelfoot Lake State Park. It’s billed as the annual Pelican Festival and it’s now in progress with everything from bald eagle releases to pontoon tours around the lake and more.

Saturday will have photo contests, pontoon tours, local restaurant tastings, decoy painting, live bird programs and more. More of the same occurs on Sunday as well.

Register online at www.tnstateparks.com or call 731-253-9652. Reservations are required for Photography and Pontoon Tours, which are $20 a person for all guided tours. Photography tours are $50 a person. For cabin and camping reservations, log onto www.tnstateparks.com.

 

LBL BEGINS VISITOR SURVEY

Land Between the Lakes has begun a visitor use survey for guests enjoying recreational opportunities in the area.

The yearlong project will aim to provide updated visitor numbers, activities engaged in and the economic impact of LBL on the local economy. This information is used by federal, state and local officials to plan for tourism and recreation projects.

“This visitor use survey is extremely important to LBL and our communities. We understand our role here and strive to create a quality recreation destination for all in the region. Results of these surveys will help us assess how to do just that,” said Leisa Cook, area supervisor at LBL.

The University of Tennessee is leading the project with surveyors in bright orange vests at certain LBL recreation sites and other locations through September of 2022. These sites will include the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Woodlands Nature Station among campgrounds, hiking trails and boat landings. LBL last conducted a visitor use survey in 2016.

It is estimated that nearly 1.6 million people travel through LBL’s 170,000 acres annually to enjoy 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, more than 500 miles of trails, 1,400 campsites or the numerous other recreation opportunities. 

“We are always excited to see and hear how our visitors use their public lands here at Land Between the Lakes,” said Cook. “The surveys are completely voluntary, but we hope those who enjoy LBL will provide additional feedback on how we can improve their experience and make LBL even better for the future.”

Visitors at any time may leave feedback on their experience through the LBL social media pages and by emailing lblinfo@usda.gov.

 

DEER HARVEST UPDATE

From the TWRA harvest tally statewide comes updated information on deer taken across the state. At midweek there were approximately 8,000 reported in the statewide harvest among the state’s 95 counties.

Sullivan County continues to lead the state as hunters there have harvested 303 deer thus far since the season opened on the last Saturday of September.

Locally, Henry County’s harvest numbers stood at 98 at midweek. Stewart leads the local area counties with 144, followed by Carroll with 72, Weakley at 59 and Benton with 45.

 

ARCHERY DEER/FALL TURKEY

Each fall the archery deer season, along with the fall turkey season, has a brief closure when the Young Sportsman’s weekend hunt is held. The bow season will close Oct. 30-31 but resume on Nov. 1 and then stay open during the muzzleloader segment all the way through Nov. 19.

 

BASS FEDERATION TOURNEY RESULTS

The Tennessee Bass Federation held the Kentucky-Tennessee National Semifinal on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing Marina Oct. 12-13.

Visiting anglers were treated to a pretournament fish fry consisting of Asian carp. Most all were surprised and impressed at the flavor of the fish.

According to tournament spokesman Ken Head, fishing was fair as the lake level was down with a cold front approaching. Fishermen were warned to stay in the channel markers and not to run in the fog. Unfortunately, a boat ran aground on Saturday morning within 10 minutes after launch and then spent the better part of the day getting the boat off the sandbar. 

Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and the fisherman was able to fish out of the boat the next day.

Day one leader on the boater side was Slayton Gearin of Tennessee with three fish weighing 9.03 pounds. The big bass was caught by Larry Dunlap of Paris with a nice 5.12 pounds, his only fish of the day.

On day two, after a two-hour fog delay, the boats were launched to high blue bird skies and mild winds. After the weigh-in, Lance Freeman of Kentucky with a total catch of four fish weighing 11 pounds was declared the winner on the boater side.

Big bass for the second day was caught by Lynn Spears of Tennessee with a 5.02-pound largemouth. The overall co-angler winner was Michael Blumer of Kentucky with four fish weighing 11.11 pounds. By virtue of his top weight, he earned a boater spot in the national championship.

At the tournament briefing, the fishermen voted to have a big bass side pot to be split between the big bass on each day. The big bass, caught by Dunlap (day one) and Spears (day two) were worth $1,250 each.

The Pride Team bragging rights were won by the Tennessee team with a total of 41.15 pounds to Kentucky’s weight of 19.15 pounds. Each state put up $250 as a prize, with Tennessee winning some of that good ole Bluegrass money.

Tournament officials expressed thanks to the City of Paris and the Henry County Tourism Authority for their hospitality, the Mayor cooking team for preparing the meal, to the Two Rivers Bass Club for the use of their live release boat and to the Paris Landing Marina for its hospitality. They gave special thanks to Dunlap, regional director for the Tennessee Bass Federation, for all of his leg work in getting this tournament organized.

 

POWERS BAGS BIG BUCK WITH BOW

Local deer hunter Jeremy Powers of Paris bagged his biggest buck of his 10-year archery hunting career last week. Powers said while he’s been deer hunting a long time — some 40 years — he’s gone to bow hunting exclusively the last 10 years.

Powers said the trophy deer, which had a hefty 10-point rack, will make Pope and Young’s record book. He bagged the deer while hunting just over the state line in Kentucky. It weighed 200 pounds.

Congratulations on the 10-year wait and the patience for making that good shot.

 

SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR

Thursday — CWD informational meeting, Enoch building, fHenry County Fairgrounds.

Oct. 29 — Archery deer and fall turkey seasons end.

Oct. 30-31 — Young Sportsman deer hunt.

Oct. 31 — Second segment of dove season.

Nov. 1-5 — Archery deer and fall turkey seasons resume.

Nov. 6-19 — Muzzleloader/archery deer segment.

Nov. 6 — Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited dinner, fairgrounds.

Nov. 6 — Rabbit and quail seasons open.

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