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Regional Roundup

(Updated November 28, 2014)

 

 

Tennessee

Statewide Duck Season
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers: Nov. 22-23, 2014
Nov. 29, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Season: Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2015

Reelfoot Zone
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers: Nov. 15-16, 2014
Nov. 29, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Season: Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2015

Daily Bag Limits
Ducks: The Daily bag limit of ducks is 6, and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, 3 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Coots: 15
Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Five Elk Harvested in 2014 Hunt
For the second consecutive year, four of the five participants recorded harvests in the Tennessee Elk Hunt held Oct. 20-24 at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.
In the Tennessee Youth Elk Hunt, held the weekend of Oct. 25-26, the participant had a harvest for the third in as many years since the hunt was established. Robert L. Goodner, a 14-year old from Cleveland was the first boy selected for the youth hunt. Robert had the biggest overall harvest this year with his take of a 6x8 bull elk that field dressed at 646 pounds and was taken on the morning of Oct. 26.
During the regular hunt, Jefferson City resident Jimmy Rogers had this year's first harvest. It came in the evening on opening day and was a 6x6 that field dressed at 593 pounds.
On the second day of the hunt, two harvests were made both coming in the evening. Audie Schrimsher of Maryville took an elk that was a 5x5 that weighed 462 pounds. Hartsville resident Clay Oldham also took a 5x5 elk and it had a field dressed weight of 465 pounds.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation received the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), permit. The permit was auctioned on eBay with the proceeds going to benefit the Tennessee Elk Restoration Program Shane Alexander took a 6x6, 520 pound elk in the morning of Oct 23. He is a former Tennessee resident who now lives in Missoula, Mont. He received the permit as the successful bidder in the auction.


Arkansas

Statewide Duck Season
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers:
Nov. 22-Nov. 30, 2014
Nov. 4-Dec. 23, 2014
Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Season: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2015

Daily Bag Limits
Ducks: Six ducks. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the six-duck total bag limit.
Coots: 15
Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Judsonia man arrested for hunting violations
Law enforcement personnel with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested a Judsonia man and charged him with several hunting violations. Christopher Michael Cleaver, of Judsonia, was charged with nine counts of night hunting and one count of violating tagging requirements.
Officers were working in the White County and Cleburne County area when they noticed an extended cab Ford pickup truck spotlighting a deer on Yuba Road in Cleburne County. When officers approached the vehicle, a passenger in the vehicle fled from the truck but was not immediately captured. Cleaver was the driver of the vehicle. He admitted to spotlighting with the intention of shooting the deer.
For the night hunting violations, Cleaver may face fines up to $5,000 on each count and up to a year in jail. He also could receive 30 violation points that could lead to the loss of all hunting and fishing license rights for three years. On the deer tagging violation, he faces a fine of up to $2,500 and 90 days in jail as well as 12 violation points.

First deer, first fish, first turkey and first duck certificate offered by AGFC
Want to memorialize those unforgettable first Arkansas hunting and fishing moments? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is recognizing those experiences with first deer, first fish, first turkey and first duck full-color certificates. When you've accomplished the memorable event, go to the AGFC website. Fill out the appropriate document online, print it out on your color printer and present it to the successful hunter or angler.

Mississippi

Statewide Duck Season
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers: Nov. 27, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Season: Nov. 22, 2014 and Jan. 31, 2015
Daily Bag Limits
Ducks: The Daily bag limit of ducks is 6, and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, 3 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Coots: 15
Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

New Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities on Pearl River WMA
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing new youth waterfowl hunting opportunities on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this hunting season. For the first time, youth hunters will have the opportunity to waterfowl hunt within selected waterfowl impoundments on the WMA. The hunts will be only for permitted youth hunters that are 15 years of age or younger. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult who is 21 years of age or older. To apply for the new hunts, applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws.

Elvis Presley Lake to Reopen November 15
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will reopen Elvis Presley Lake on Saturday, November 15. The lake, which is located near Tupelo, was closed in April after an EF-3 tornado severely damaged lake grounds and buildings. Additional minor repairs will be needed, but all activities will be available to the public. "We've worked hard repairing buildings, replacing damaged equipment, and cleaning up the grounds," said Josh Howell, North State Lakes Supervisor. "We are excited to reopen the lake, and we expect the public will enjoy the new and rebuilt facilities," added Howell.

Kentucky

Help Stop Poaching in Kentucky
Modern gun season for deer opened November 8. Outdoors enthusiasts who witness any illegal hunting activity are encouraged to report it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
"If people have any complaints or see any violations such as trespass or poaching, they are encouraged to call 1-800-25ALERT (1-800-252-5378)," said Hank Patton, director of law enforcement for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Patton explained these calls now go through the Kentucky State Police dispatch system and are then routed to conservation officers in the field.
Poaching a deer, elk or bear is a serious crime in Kentucky. Poachers may be fined up to $1,000 and spend up to a year in jail upon conviction. Violators must also pay restitution costs for the animal poached.
Convicted poachers also forfeit their hunting privileges for as long as 3 years. "Kentucky is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact," Patton said. "Loss of hunting privileges in Kentucky results in the loss of privileges in 41 additional states."
Those who witness and report someone poaching an elk may receive an award as well. "We have a program for those who report an elk poacher," said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. "They will receive a $1,000 reward upon conviction of the elk poacher."

Missouri

Sinkholes-One More Thing to Worry About
Because of the Ozarks' karst topography, this area is riddled with caves and sinkholes. Some sinkholes are hidden by heavy vegetation and, as evidenced by numerous incidents reported in the news in recent years, they can appear suddenly on a landscape.
As a safety precaution, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters to be mindful of sinkholes as they travel through areas, particular during low-light times of day or in spots where vision is obstructed.
Last year, a hunter in Pulaski County died when he fell into a 70-foot sinkhole while tracking a deer.
Further evidence of hazards sinkholes pose occurred recently when, acting upon calls received from the public, MDC conservation agents found a deer in a sinkhole in Greene County. It was unclear whether the ground had given way or the deer stumbled into an existing hole. After exploring possible rescue options, it was determined regrettably there was no safe way to remove the deer from the sinkhole so the animal had to be put down. Due to safety concerns, the carcass was unable to be retrieved.
MDC would like to remind hunters that these incidents point out the importance of scouting an area in advance of a hunt. In addition to finding animal signs, a pre-hunt scouting trip can give individuals knowledge about the type of topography they'll encounter during a hunt at that area.
If hunting on someone else's land, conversations with the landowner in advance of a hunting trip can also provide information about areas that need to be avoided.

 


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