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More hunters will have access to public duck blinds if the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission passes a proposal.

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’s 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 education reminder: The young sportsman turkey hunt will be March 27-28, and taking a hunter education class is mandatory for youngsters – or anyone else born after Jan. 1, 1969 – to get a license.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, the TWRA partnered with the National Rifle Association to hold the classes online. Registration information is posted at tnwildlife.org.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a TWRA-approved hunter education class to get a hunting license. Under the new online 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 online at the TWRA website.

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