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The annual Jim Donnell Memorial Dove Shoot generates funds for the American Lung Association. Among the participants are (front row, from left) Lucas Daugherty, hostess Sandy Donnell, Phillip Donnell, (back row, from left) Adam Macomber, Steve Mousourakis, Bryan Martyak and James Hudson.

The annual Jim Donnell Memorial Dove Shoot was Sept. 1 on the opening day of dove season and drew hunters from throughout Wilson County.

The hunt was preceded by an auction, and funds went to the American Lung Association.

The late Jim Donnell’s wife, Sandy Donnell played host to the event, which was also in memory of John Sloan. The Lebanon outdoor writer was an avid supporter of the annual charity hunt.

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New deer, turkey rules: Deer hunters are reminded of a new rule this season that requires kills to be tagged before they are removed from the field.

The Tag-Before-You-Drag rule is explained in the new 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at most area outdoors outlets and on the TWRA website at tnwildlife.org.

When a deer or turkey is killed, a paper kill tag must be attached to it, or it must be checked in on a smartphone before its moved.

The paper tags can be printed out at gooutdoorstennessee.com

To keep the paper tags from getting wet and tearing loose, they can be laminated with strips of Scotch tape or encased in a small plastic bag attached to the animal.

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Disease monitored: With deer archery season opening Sept. 26, followed by muzzleloader season and gun season, the TWRA will monitor the chronic wasting disease situation.

The deadly deer disease was found in West Tennessee counties, designated as the CWD unit, and biologists fear it will spread farther.

Hunters or anyone else who spot a deer acting erratically – staggering and stumbling or severely emaciated – are asked to contact the TWRA. Detailed information, including regional phone numbers, can be found in the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

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Hunter education reminder: Squirrel and dove seasons are underway, and more hunting seasons will open soon. The TWRA reminds those born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a hunter education class to get a license.

The classes can be taken online. For details, visit tnwildlif.org to consult the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

 The guide also has information about a migratory bird license required to hunt doves covered by certain licenses and other license regulations.

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Trap shoot: For information about the Cedar City Gun Club’s upcoming events and activities, contact Kerry Hale at khale386@gmail.com.

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