Find free fishing hole June 8
Free Fishing Day, June 8, is quickly approaching. On that Saturday everyone fishes for free on any public waters, and youths through age 15 can fish for free the following week, ending Friday, June 14. Many sponsored activities are planned statewide. Many events offer goody bags, gifts, prizes, and some furnish equipment. Find a complete list with driving directions at http://www.tnwildlife.org ; select “for anglers.”
Here are some of the local festivities listed so far for June 8:
• Alcoa – Alcoa Duck Pond off Springbrook Park Rd., 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., ages 3 to 15.
• Knoxville – Concord Park (The Cove), 8:00 a.m. – noon, no age limit.
• Anderson County – Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery in Clinton, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., ages 3 to 15.
• Lenoir City – Lenoir City Park, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., ages 15 and under.
• Kingston – the Gravel Pit next to Kingston City Park, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 5 to 17.
• Jefferson County – Well Springs Road in Dandridge, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., ages 16 and under.
• Sunday, June 9: Maryville – Cedar Point Baptist Church, 1225 William Blount Drive, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., ages 13 and under.
• The spring squirrel season ends on June 9. The daily bag limit is 10. Squirrels will breed a second time soon and the young will mature and be ready for the regular squirrel season, which opens on Aug. 24 and goes until Feb. 28.
The opening day for crows is June 1 and do not forget that for sport they can only be hunted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The season ends on Feb. 28 and there is no bag limit.
• It is still a good time to plant crops to benefit game animals, helping them survive in the winter when natural foods (mast) diminish. And of course food plots attract game during the hunting seasons, especially deer, turkey, dove, waterfowl, and upland game such as grouse and quail. Planting in the spring pays off in the fall hunting seasons; late summer plantings are usually an investment in next year.
For deer hunters a good place to start is the website for the Quality Deer Management Association, http://www.qdma.com . These guys take a scientific approach to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat in general and our hunting heritage. The QDMA will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its 13th Annual National Convention to be held on July 18-21 in Athens, Georgia.
For turkey and most of the bird species, both game and songbirds, check out the National Wild Turkey Federation. Its website, http://www.nwtf.org , has great information and an excellent selection of products for food plots. There are seeds for food crops, such as sorghum and millet, and seeds for warm season grasses and forbs for habitat and food.
Tom Wiest welcomes news, questions and comments from readers. Contact him at (firstname.lastname@example.org)