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Three men cited for
fish law violations
A covert operation during 2010 culminated with three men being charged with violations, which include exceeding the possession and creel limits of game fish and commercialization of game fish, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Working on information received, a TWRA undercover agent went to Swann’s Marina on Douglas Lake and purchased 10 bags of frozen game fish from George Saba, an employee at the marina.
Due to this information and other evidence gathered by wildlife officers Wayne Rich, Matt Cameron, Scott Hollenbeck and Shelly Hammonds, charges were placed against three men.
Charged in the case were George Saba, age 67 of Dandridge; Wayne Todt, age 70 of Cincinnati; and David Baker, age 50 of Dandridge.
During the investigation, 120 bags of frozen game fish filets were seized from freezers at the marina and a nearby home.  The bags contained more than 600 game fish, which included bluegills, crappies and white bass.
The men appeared in Jefferson County General Sessions Court before Judge Ben Strand. Saba paid $955 in fines, plus court costs; and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years. Todt paid $520 in fines, plus court costs; and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years. Baker paid $305 in fines, plus court costs; and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for one year.
The seized fish were donated to Elisha’s Food Pantry in White Pine and the Dandridge Food Pantry.
State law allows a fisherman to be in possession of no more than two days creel limit of any species of game fish. On Douglas Lake, the daily creel limit for crappies and white bass is 15, while there is no creel limit on bluegills.

Deer hunting seasons
are drawing to a close
Tennessee’s 2010-11 deer hunting seasons are drawing to a close. The statewide season for gun, muzzleloader and archery concluded on Jan. 9, while the young sportsman hunt will be held the weekend of Jan. 15-16.
The second segment of gun season began on Dec. 18. A total of 27,050 deer have been harvested during the second segment. Franklin County leads the way with 1,143 deer reported. Lincoln County is second with 1,111 deer, followed by Giles County 1,106; Fayette County 1,083; and Henry County 1,001.
Since archery season began in late September, 151,449 deer have been harvested statewide, which totals 933 less than the same period from last year.
However, this year’s second segment total surpasses last year’s mark of 26,179 deer heading down the stretch.
The top five overall counties and their harvest totals for this year are: Giles County (4,788), Henry County (4,543), Fayette County (4,235), Hardeman County (4,192) and Lincoln County (3,964).
For the young sportsman hunt, only youth ages 6-16 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.
Young people, ages 10-16, need a hunter education card along with the appropriate licenses and permits. Hunters, ages 6-9, are not required to possess a hunter education card or license, but are required to have their Social Security number to check in a deer.
For young people ages 10 and older, who have not taken the hunter education course, the apprentice license is available. The apprentice license exempts hunters age 10 and older, who fall within the hunter education requirement, from having to complete the mandatory hunter education course for one year.
For more information about Tennessee’s deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available anywhere licenses are sold and also at www.tnwildlife.org.