By Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer

The Wilson County Expo Center will host the Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo Feb. 1-3.

Last year the event was moved to Lebanon after being held for decades at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The new site drew favorable reviews from visitors and vendors who said it was more specious and accessible than the former Nashville location.

The latest in hunting, fishing gear, boats and accessories, and other outdoors items will be on display for browsing or purchase. Daily seminars will we be conducted by area outdoors experts.

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An array of tackle will be part of the Feb. 1-3 outdoors Expo.

Show hours on Friday, Feb. 1: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for military personnel and seniors, and youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

For additional information and discount tickets visit the Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo website.

Local chapter honored: The Wilson County chapter of Friends of NRA will be honored with an awards flag at the association’s state conference Feb. 23 in Nashville. In recent years the chapter has been among the most active in the country.

The Wilson County chapter’s annual banquet/fundraiser will be held in September.

Trap shoot: Walt West posted the top score in last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

CWD spreading: After additional testing, a total of 91 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been confirmed in Hardeman and Fayette counties, and three other preliminary tests indicate the presence of the deadly disease in Chester and Shelby counties as well.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency calls CWD the biggest threat to deer management in the Agency’s history.

The TWRA continues to monitor the situation. There is no known cure for CWD, and the only way to deal with it is to try to contain its spread.

Turkey show: The 43rd annual National Wild Turkey Federation convention and sport show will be held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 13-17.

Over 750 boots will feature the latest in turkey hunting gear. There will be turkey-calling contests for national bragging rights, along with daily seminars, auctions, food and entertainment. Included in the latter will be a concern by Aaron Tippin, a top country singer and dedicated turkey hunter.

Daily passes are $20 and can be purchased at nwtf.org/convention. NWTF members are admitted free, and other special discounts are available. Details are available on the website.

Lebanon turkey banquet: The Cedar Roost Chapter of the NWTF will hold its annual banquet March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

For reservations or other information call Jody Jenkins at 615-761-4793.

Fish attractors: The TWRA, with assistance from the Tennessee Bass Nation Trail, has constructed 400 fish attractors on Percy Priest Lake.

On aging lakes such as Priest, much of the natural wooden cover has deteriorated over the decades, and man-made cover helps replace it. Fish of all species are attracted to the cover.

The new fish attractors should be holding fish by the prime springtime season.

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