Enjoy today’s autumnal equinox
By Tom Wiest | (email@example.com)
The autumnal equinox occurs at 4:44 p.m. EDT (20:44 Universal Time) today. For East Tennessee sunrise will be at 7:24 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:33 p.m. The actual equinox or equal periods of day and night does not occur in this area until Sept. 26.
In late September daylight is waning rapidly every day. Each sunrise arrives nearly one minute later, and the sunsets occur about one-and-a-half minutes earlier every day. The animals know it instinctively. We humans probably notice it by how close our drive to work is to the sunrise, and the drive home is to sunset.
• The 2013 big game seasons are about to begin. Bowhunters get the first shot with deer and bear opening on Sept. 28. For archery deer the first segment closes on Oct. 25; the second segment is Oct. 28 – Nov. 8. All the big game units, A and L and B, have the same dates.
The archery season bag limits do vary. For our Unit B it is three bucks and two does; for Unit A the limit is three bucks and four does; for Unit L it is three bucks (per year) and three does per day.
The archery bear season is Sept. 28 – Oct. 25, without dogs, for the following counties: Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (east of Hwy 11, north of Hwy 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. The annual bag limit is one bear either-sex, sows without cubs.
Bear hunting with dogs opens Sept. 30 – Oct. 7 for all weapons in Blount, Cocke (south of I-40), Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), and Sevier counties.
• Here is a new learning experience. The first Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Extreme Workshop will be held on Oct.4-6 at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, truly a scenic and rustic setting. It is sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and is limited to 20 people. Participants can take three of the following classes: horseback riding, canoeing/fishing, Dutch oven cooking, rock climbing, and 3-D archery.
Participants will have the opportunity to stay at the Charit Creek Lodge. There is no electricity at the lodge, but rooms are equipped with a wood stove, kerosene lamp, a comfortable bed, clean linens, and bathrooms with hot showers. No motorized vehicles are allowed.
• The largest trout tournament in the Smokies, the 14th annual Smoky Mountains Trout Tournament, will take place on the weekend of Sept. 28-29 on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. The entry fees are $25 for one day or $40 for both days. Register at http://www.smokymountaintrouttournament.com or call 865-661-3474. Contact Rocky Top Outfitters at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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