By Jared Felkins

Fishing regs: Tennessee’s new fishing regulations went into effect March 1, with no major changes from last year involving game fish species or regulations concerning Middle Tennessee waters.

There are some changes regarding the transportation of certain species of live bait, as part of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s continued efforts to check the spread of invasive Asian carp.

The fingerling carp resemble some species of bait fish and if accidentally mixed in a bait bucket could be introduced into other waters.

Identifications of the bait fish and small carp are illustrated in the 2019 Tennessee Fishing Guide, available at most outdoors outlets.

License exemption: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a hunter education class in order to obtain a hunting license, but there is an exemption for someone who wants to go on a last-minute hunt. They get can a special exemption license that comes with certain restrictions.

Details about the various licenses and requirements are on the TWRA website and in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping guide. There is also information about hunter education classes, including some on-line.

Cedar Roost 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.

Trapping class: A trapping class will be held March 15-17 in West Tennessee.

The classes are free and open to all ages. Registration can be done on-line at tnwildlife.org

Lebanon’s Clarence Dies is among the instructors who will teach various trapping skills and techniques.

Fur banquet: The Tennessee Fur Harvesters and Furbearers Unlimited will hold a fundraising banquet April 13 at the Crossville Community Complex. For information contact John Daniel at 423-595-0986.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

March 21: Cedar Roost banquet

March 30-May 12: turkey season

May 11-June 9: spring squirrel season

Larry Woody is The Mt. Juliet News’ outdoors writer. Email him at larrywoody@gmail.com.