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Larry Woody, left, and Clarence Dies with one of the 2,850 deer tagged in Wilson County last season. LAURA DIES

Of the 159,850 deer killed in Tennessee this past season, 2,850 were tagged in Wilson County.

Giles County had the highest number checked in, with 4,118.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says last season’s statewide harvest was up from the 135,135 killed the previous season, and the largest in the past six years.

Most Middle Tennessee counties, including Wilson, saw an increase from last year.

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Deadly waters: Last year was the deadliest for Tennessee boaters in 37 years.

The TWRA reported 32 boating fatalities, an astronomical increase from a record-low of eight in 2019.

In addition to the 32 fatalities, there were also 82 boaters injured in accidents.

Although boat traffic has increased in recent years, that can’t account for such a drastic increase from eight to 32 in one year. The TWRA blames increased drug and alcohol use on the water for part of the problem.

Last year there were 62 arrests for Boating Under the Influence (BUI). The Agency says BUI penalties are as serious as those for Driving Under the Influence.

The TWRA urges boaters to take a boating safety course and wear a life jacket. Wearing one is mandatory for passengers under 12 any time the boat is moving.

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Chilly trout: The TWRA’s winter trout stocking is underway, with some 75,000 rainbow trout released in waters across the state. The stocked fish can be caught immediately.

Information on stocking dates and locations is available on the Agency website and in the Tennessee Fishing Guide. There is no size limit, and a daily creel limit of seven. A trout license is required to fish for them, even if no trout are kept. Holders of Sportsman’s Licenses and Lifetime Licenses are exempt.

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On-line classes: The Young Sportsman turkey hunt will be held March 27-28, and taking a Hunter Ed class is mandatory for youngsters – or anyone else born after Jan. 1, 1969 — to get a license.

Due to ongoing COVID precautions, the TWRA has partnered with the NRA to hold the classes on-line. Registration information is posted at tnwildlife.org

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a TWRA-approved Hunter Ed class in order to get a hunting license. Under the new on-line process, the former field-test is not required.

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License renewals: hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of February and can also be purchased on-line at the TWRA website.

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