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Deer hunt set Jan. 15-16
for young sportsmen
Tennessee’s 2010-11 deer hunting seasons will end in all Units with the young sportsman hunt, Jan. 15-16.
Bag limits allow for antlerless hunting in all units during this hunt. In Unit A the antlerless limit is 2 for the hunt; while, in Unit L, the antlerless limit is 3 per day. In Unit B, the bag limit is 1 antlerless deer.
Hunters should remember that antlered deer taken during the young sportsman hunt count toward the statewide antlered deer bag limit. The antlered deer bag limit for all 2010-11 seasons combined is 1 per day up to a total of 3. If a youth has already taken 3 antlered deer this year, they would only be allowed antlerless deer on this hunt.
Only hunters, ages 6-16 (as long as they have not reached their 17th birthday), may participate, regardless of whether they possess a junior or adult license.
Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old, who does not need a license but must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange.
Youth hunters ages 10-16 need a hunter education card and the appropriate license, where applicable. Youth hunters ages 6-9 are not required to possess a hunter education card or license, but must present their Social Security number in order to check in a deer.
For those youth hunters, ages 10 and older, who have not taken the hunter education course, the apprentice license is available. The apprentice license exempts a hunter, age 10 or older that falls within the hunter education requirement, from having to complete the mandatory hunter education course for a period of one year.
The apprentice license (Type 12) may be purchased for $11 anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The license is valid for one year and can only be purchased once during the lifetime of a hunter.
While hunting, the apprentice must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old that is hunter education certified or otherwise exempt from the law. In addition to the apprentice license, a hunter must possess other applicable licenses and permits.
For more information about this special hunt, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or go to www.tnwildlife.org.

Seasons continue for
small game hunters
Tennessee’s deer hunting seasons may be closing soon, but hunters should remember that they still have about eight weeks of small game hunting seasons left.
Some of the best hunting for rabbits, ruffed grouse and squirrels can be experienced between now and the end of February, the close of small game hunting seasons.
With less escape cover and increased movement required to find food this time of year, these species are easier to locate now than when the seasons first opened.
For squirrel hunting, most any woodlot will hold good populations. Overgrown fields will provide good rabbit hunting.  Ruffed grouse can be found in thick brushy areas (clear cuts) or heavy growth along creeks. Also, look for food sources during this late season.
The use of dogs will make hunting for these small game species even more enjoyable and more productive.

Application period for quota
turkey hunts ends on Jan. 26
Hunters have until Jan. 26 in order to apply for 2011 spring quota turkey hunts. There will be no mail-in quota hunt applications. Hunters must apply online or at a license agent.
A complete list of available spring turkey quota hunts is printed in the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available anywhere licenses are sold and also online at www.tnwildlife.org.

Feeding birds is both
educational, beneficial
Winter is the most difficult time of year for wild animals to survive. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) suggests that you can help some of our most valuable and readily available wildlife — songbirds — make it through the winter.
Songbirds come in various shapes, sizes and colors; and are found in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout the entire state. A great variety of songbirds can easily be attracted to yard feeders, window boxes and porches, even on upper floor apartments.
Bird watching is currently a hobby for an estimated 90 million Americans. Songbirds provide hours of colorful entertainment and enjoyment for all ages.
The following is a general list of foods preferred by birds commonly found in Tennessee:
•Woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice and nuthatches - suet, cracked nuts, shelled and broken peanuts, sunflower seeds, bread crumbs.
•Jays - suet, cracked nuts, corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds
•Mockingbirds, catbirds, and thrushes - cut apples and oranges, raisins, bread crumbs
•Blackbirds, towhees, and cardinals - sunflower seeds, corn, shelled and broken peanuts, scratch feed.
•Goldfinches - thistle seed.
Feeders need not be fancy or expensive in order to be effective. A flat board on a post can serve as a place for birds to feed.
A variety of feeders and seed are available from any local farm supply, seed stores, home stores and many discount stores.