(Updated November 1, 2014)
Deer Hunting Season Schedules
Whitetail hunting has already begun around the Mid-South, and we thought these links might come in handy for those of you hankering to get out in the woods.
Eighth-grader Wins Coon Hunting Championship
A middle school basketball player from Murfressboro recently won a championship. This wasn't just any championship, and Allie Hopkins isn't just any eighth-grader. This young lady spends her time away from school and the basketball court in the woods with her father, Ashley.
Allie won the Professional Kennel Club's Tennessee Youth State Championship for coon hunting. She'll be among a handful of girls competing at the PKC World Coon Hunt, set for Oct. 24 in Salem, Illinois.
Ashley Hopkins got into the sport because of his father and grandfather, and says his daughter has been in the woods with him since she was small.
The World Coon hunt is expected to draw about 100 competitors, but Allie is expected to be one of only a handful of young women.
Another Tennessee Life Lost in Boating Accident
A Nashville area man died Saturday after he and his son were rescued from the Cumberland River.
64 year-old James McCord and his 30 year-old son Clay were out fishing. The men tried to go around another boat, hit the wake and were thrown into the water. Neither of them were wearing life jackets.
At some point during the ordeal, the father lost consciousness. He was taken to Saint Thomas West Hospital with serious injuries where he was pronounced dead.
Terry Secrest with the Nashville Fire Department said Saturday that the cold temperatures made the situation particularly dangerous.
"It's cold today, it's hard on him [the father]. He [son] told us his daddy was doing fine, treading water, waiting for help and he just went unconscious. He didn't know how long, but he just kept keeping his dad up till somebody came by," said Secrest.
FLORENCE, Ala. (Sept. 30, 2014) – The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to Pickwick Lake Oct. 9-11 for one of six regional championships. The three-day tournament will feature the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Cowboy, Hoosier, Music City and Volunteer divisions.
Anglers will take to the water to compete for the top prize of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado in the Boater Division and a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard in the Co-Angler division. The top six boaters and co-anglers will also qualify for one of the longest running championships in competitive bass fishing – the 2015 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy.
Anglers will take off from McFarland Park located at 1050 Clayborn Liles Drive in Florence, Alabama, at 7 a.m. each day. Weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday will be held at the launch site beginning at 3 p.m. Weigh-in on Saturday will be held at Walmart located at 2701 Cloverdale Road in Florence at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The BFL Regional Championship event on Pickwick Lake is being hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism.
For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Rayovac FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.
WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Available
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is accepting applications for waterfowl draw hunts on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws. WMAs offering waterfowl draw hunts are Charlie Capps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Pearl River (youth only), Tuscumbia, and Trim Cane. Hunters can select the WMA of their choice and assign priority to the dates they wish to hunt.
There will be four separate draw periods available to hunters. Each draw period will allow applications for a specific set of hunt dates and will close at least two weeks prior to the first hunt date in that period. Applications may be submitted during the following dates:
1st Draw Period: October 20 - November 16 for hunts November 27 - December 14
2nd Draw Period: November 17 - November 30 for hunts December 15 - 28
3rd Draw Period: December 1 - December 14 for hunts December 29 - January 11
4th Draw Period: December 15 - December 28 for hunts January 12 - January 25
Hunters may apply for a hunt in each hunt period on as many WMAs as they wish. All waterfowl draw hunts will be for one day. Drawn applicants will be notified by email. All applicants must be 16 years of age or older and hold a valid Mississippi hunting license.
For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call (601) 432-2199.
Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Their Doors Forever
After nearly 40 years in business, Uncle Lee's on Main Street in Greenville is closing their doors. Mr. Lee Fauntleroy, President and owner of the iconic local store, announced his decision today to retire. A "Store Closing Sale" offering discounts off more than $7.5 million worth of inventory, will commence in the coming days. Uncle Lee's, located at 820 N. Main Street in Greenville, first opened their doors in 1975, occupying 32,000 square feet of selling space. After expanding twice over the last four decades, the store today occupies 76,000 square feet and features the largest gun inventory available in the state of Kentucky. With more than 4,800 guns in stock, Uncle Lee's has an unrivaled selection of firearms, ammunition, hunting accessories, apparel and footwear for the family, and basic items for the home.
Mr. Fauntleroy said his decision to close the store was a very difficult and painful one to make. "After nearly 40 years, you might say I'm a little tired. I want to relax and enjoy my family. I don't have the option to pass the business on to a successor, so my choices were fairly limited," said Mr. Fauntleroy. "I explored selling the business, especially since the local and regional economies are so strong. But unfortunately, the size of the business in such a small market brought little interest. The store is doing well, and in fact, we're coming off of three record years thanks to all of our loyal customers, but I couldn't find a serious buyer. With that said, I am wrapping up the details to sell our online business. I'm pleased to see at least that part of the business move forward."
In the coming days, all items will be marked down from Uncle Lee's historically low price, and discounts will be applied to every item in the store including guns and ammunition. Nothing will be held back - Remington, Winchester, Smith and Wesson, Browning, Glock, Under Armour, Drake Waterfowl, Mossy Oak, LaCrosse, Columbia and all the other famous maker items featured in the store will be on sale. Mr. Fauntleroy said the discounts SB Capital and Liquid Asset Partners will offer will bring increased value to Uncle Lee's many loyal customers. "A sale of this magnitude is unprecedented in our history," said Mr. Fauntleroy. "It will be the kind of sale people talk about for years to come.
What about Layaway? Anyone with items on Layaway at Uncle Lee's are encouraged to pay and pickup their merchandise as soon as possible. Customers may also cancel their Layaway and receive a full refund for any money paid thus far.
Youngest hunter scores the best in early elk hunt
MOUNT JUDEA – Ryley McCuiston may have been a substitute as an elk hunter, but he took the prize of the early 2014 elk hunt in the Buffalo River country of northwest Arkansas.
McCuiston was also the youngest of the eight hunters in the field for the five days of that hunt. He downed a 6x8 bull elk in the Bearcat Hollow area of the Ozark National Forest in eastern Newton County on the hunt's second day. The term 6x8 means six points on one side of the antlers and eight points on the other side.
McCuiston lives at Cord in Independence County and is 10 years old. His permit came from a fundraising auction of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. The winning bid for the youth permit was by Dr. Allyn Ladd who bought it for his daughter. When the daughter chose not to hunt, Ladd gave the permit to McCuiston, son of close friend and hunting buddy Justin McCuiston.
Bearcat Hollow is the newest Arkansas elk area. It is a remote and rugged area where extensive habitat work was done a few years ago. Almost immediately, elk moved into the area along with deer, turkeys and bears.
The second segment of the 2014 elk hunt will be five days beginning Monday, Oct. 27. Twenty hunters will be on public land with permits won in the 2014 elk hunting application and drawing process. Dozens of other hunters will be on private land with permits received through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Elk Management Assistance Program.