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More hunters will have access to public duck blinds if a proposal is passed by the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission.

The proposal by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency calls for issuing fewer permits for long-term use of the blinds, and granting more permits for short-term use.

The objective is to give more hunters a chance to use the blinds throughout the season, instead of having them reserved for a relatively few.

If passed, the new policy will go into effect with this fall’s annual drawing for blinds.

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Stocking winding down: The TWRA’s winter trout stocking is winding down, but lots of the 75,000 released rainbows are still there for the catching.

Information on stocking locations across the state 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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Hunter Ed reminder: 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, a field-test is not required.

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License renewals: Hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of February. They can be renewed at most outdoors outlets, or on-line at the TWRA website.

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