The youth deer hunt and bear hunt was on Oct. 27-28. Young deer hunters took a total of 5,277 animals statewide, comprised of 2,650 antlered, 245 antlerless males and 2,382 females. This 2018 harvest is well below the 2017 figure of 6,418 and the 2016 total of 5,854.
This year’s counties with the top deer harvests for the first youth hunt were: Giles – 157, Lawrence – 140, Wayne – 126, Carroll – 116, and Weakley – 112.
The youth bear hunt harvest for all of the Bear Hunt Zones was three, all females and all taken with guns. Zone 1 contributed one bear and Zone 2 had two.
Eligible furbearers are: Bobcat, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, river otter, raccoon, skunks (striped and spotted), and weasel. There are no daily or annual limits. Beaver, coyote and groundhog can be trapped year round since they are such costly pests to farmers, stockmen and landowners.
Modern trapping is highly regulated by state wildlife agencies and it is similar to hunting as an effective tool for controlling populations of target species. Such regulations include the style and size of traps, identification tags on all traps, and frequent inspection of trap sites. See pages 14-16 of the 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for more details at www.tnwildlife.org.
There is a useful waterfowl identification gallery, plus breaking news, hunting reports, season and bag limit details, special DU events, videos, and hunting tips.
Of course the website www.ducks.org has all that and more.
In addition to .22 rimfire rifles, shotguns, BB guns and archery equipment, the YSSA will be adding a small supply of centerfire rifles for introductory hunting programs.
Grants are approved contingent on your program length, size and product availability. Ensure that your program is registered on the “programs” section of the website www.youthshootingsa.com. This will also make you eligible for discounts from certain suppliers.
A list of the products available is included in the grant application.
The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance was founded in 2007, an offshoot of the National 4-H Youth Shooting Sports program. To date, the YSSA has loaned more than $1.5 million in equipment to youth programs across the country, benefitting more than 85,000 youth. For more information about the YSSA, contact Cyndi Flannigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online application period is now open and will close on March 1. Applicants will need to provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history and a list of any service or academic awards received. In addition, applicants will write a 300-word essay describing their most memorable outdoor experience and how it has impacted their view on conservation. All applications will be reviewed by DU’s National Scholarship Selection Committee and recipients will be chosen based on the merits of those submissions.
The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants by April 15 with awarded checks released to the student’s college or university prior to registration. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and the national scholarship winner will be announced at the DU National Convention. For more information visit www.ducks.org/scholarship or contact Mark Horobetz, at 901-758-3892, or email@example.com.