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TWRA Officer Says No Excuse For Not Wearing Life Jackets

There is no excuse to go out on Upper Cumberland waterways this weekend without a life jacket on. That is according to TWRA Wildlife Officer Dustin Buttram. Buttram said a fatal mistake people often make is taking life jackets without wearing them, keeping them stored and out of reach. “They’re inside the boat, under straps holding them in or in ... Read More »

Bear Sightings Expected In UC As Animals Look For New Habitat

Upper Cumberland residents need to be aware that young black bears will begin moving through the area looking for a habitat. TWRA Information & Education Officer Mime Barnes said this is the mostly likely time of year for people to spot a bear. Barnes said the goal is to get them out of town and into the wild, so things ... Read More »

UC Turkey Numbers Could See Future Decrease Based On Reproduction

The Upper Cumberland region is expected to have a drop in its future turkey population based on local reproduction numbers. That is according to TWRA Biologist Ben Layton. While the current population is healthy, Layton said brood surveys show a decrease in chicks. “You really need to have two or three poults per hen to maintain or expand the turkey ... Read More »

Young Sportsman Turkey Hunt Begins Saturday

The 2021 Young Sportsman Turkey Hunt kicks off this weekend in the Upper Cumberland. Saturday and Sunday are for youth ages 6 through 16. TWRA Regional Big Game Biologist Ben Layton said one bearded turkey is allowed per day, making the max harvest two. “Each year, we give our young sportsmen the opportunity to go out and hunt turkeys before ... Read More »

Late Winter Sees Increase In Coyote Activity

This time of year Upper Cumberland communities could be seeing higher numbers of coyotes. McMinnville being the most recent with officials approving the search for outside removal services for the population. TWRA Information & Education Officer Mime Barnes said coyotes are very common, but a late winter mating season makes the canine species more active. “People should watch their pets,” ... Read More »

Time To Renew Hunting and Fishing Licenses For 2021

Hunting and Fishing licenses expired in February, and sportsmen need to renew for the Spring turkey season and fishing. TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mime Barnes said licenses can be renewed online or in-person. Barnes said that having a license supports wildlife efforts and keeps hunters and fishermen out of trouble. “If you think about how much public land we have ... Read More »

TWRA Stocking Cane Creek Park With 3,000 Trout

1,500 rainbow trout made their way into the wild at Cane Creek Park Wednesday, after a second stocking by TWRA on Wednesday. Fishery Biologist Justin Spaulding said a total of 3,000 rainbow trout have been brought in from Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. Spaulding said the nine to 10 inch trout come in a truck and are dumped right into ... Read More »

Gun Hunting Season Approaching

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday around the corner, hunters will be celebrating this Saturday as  gun hunting season for deer begins. TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Míme Barnes said this is popular time in the Upper Cumberland as sportsmen and women head out to hunt. Barnes said before hunting check that your wearing enough safety orange, know your areas sunset ... Read More »

Clean Yard is Key to Keeping Venomous Snakes Away

A west Tennessee child was bitten a copperhead snake this weekend, just outside the door of the house. Copperheads are one of the two types of venomous snakes in the Upper Cumberland. TWRA Biodiversity Coordinator Chris Simpson said timber rattlesnakes and copperheads are still around, but will be making the move to their dens as colder nights continue. Simpson said ... Read More »

More Paddlecrafts on The Water This Summer in Upper Cumberland

The TWRA has seen a huge increase in paddlecrafts on the water this year. Region-3 Wildlife Sergeant Dustin Buttram said from the Caney Fork, Obey River to Dale Hollow, there’s been an increase in use. Buttram said if people can get a paddlecraft to the water, they’re going to get in. “Any of the small city lakes in Cookeville, and ... Read More »