By Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation is launching a statewide anti-litter campaign to raise awareness of the problem, and invites the public to submit photos of littered areas in their counties and communities.

The photos will be posted on the TWF website.

Information about the campaign and a link for photo submissions can be found at tnwf.org/litter.

Top shot: Ricky Bounds shot the top round of 47 in last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Submitted photo
An anti-litter campaign is underway.

BUI arrests: TWRA officers made 21 Boating Under the Influence (BUI) arrests over the Memorial Day weekend, 10 more than for the period last year. Eight of the arrests were made on Middle Tennessee waters.

CWD unit set: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission has approved a special deer hunting unit for eight West Tennessee counties in which Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed, or are within a 10-mile radius of such counties.

Details about the special seasons and regulations are posted on tnwildlife.org. No Middle Tennessee counties are affected.

So far the only confirmed cases of CWD have been in a few West Tennessee counties, but wildlife officials fear it could be just a matter of time until the highly contagious and always fatal disease spreads into areas of the state.

The TWRA says CWD is the biggest threat to deer management in the state’s history.

Successful seasons: The TFWC announced a harvest of over 31,193 turkeys killed during the spring season, up 11 percent from last season, but still down from the 10-year average.

In 2018 the harvest was slightly below 30,000.

Despite the increased kill this spring, turkeys remain scarce in many areas of the state, including parts of Wilson County. The TWRA and UT are partners in a program attempting to find the cause and correct the problem.

The TWFC at a recent meeting also announced a slight increase in the deer harvest during the 2018-19 season, with 147,762 deer were killed.

The bear season was also a success, with a record 762 tagged.

In recent years bears have been migrating into Middle Tennessee in increasing numbers from their traditional East Tennessee habitat.

Wildlife officials remind the public that bears are protected except during hunting seasons in designated areas. Unless a bear presents a clear and immediate threat – which is rare – it is illegal to harm it.

Free fishing: June 8 is Free Fishing Day across the state, when residents can fish without a license. There are also fishing events scheduled for youngsters at many sites.

For details consult tnwildlife.org or the Tennessee Fishing Guide.

Defeated Creek closed: The Defeated Creek Recreation Area was temporarily closed due to high levels of bacteria in the water.

The site was reopened last weekend, according to the park’s Facebook page. Users are advised to check for updates before planning a trip there, and plan an alternate site.

No details were provided about the source of the bacteria.