A rare albino deer named “Ole Caney” by residents around Chapel Hill has been mounted and placed on display in the Town Hall.
The deer was struck and killed by an automobile last winter. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers who recovered the body of the solid-white buck decided it should be preserved and arranged to have it mounted.
The deer had been observed for years by area residents and was believed to be about 8½ years old – twice the normal lifespan for a buck in Tennessee.
Albino deer are protected from hunting, which helps account for the buck’s longevity.
Thursday Night Tournament: Nashville angler Chad Jones won the 19th annual Thursday Night Tournament season championship with a total weight of 178 pounds, 6 ounces.
The tournament is fished on Percy Priest Lake out of Long Hunter State Park.
Danny Crockett of Old Hickory took second place (177.6) followed by Franklin’s Scott McGuire (82.04), Smyrna’s Barry Steele (82.4), Nashville’s Andy Jennette (68.9) and Mt. Juliet’s Erik Baxter (68.9).
Steele landed the largest largemouth (5.47) and Jones the biggest smallmouth (4.33).
For information about next year’s tournament contact Jennette at (615) 972-0735.
Fishing proposals: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission will vote on a number of fishing regulation proposals at its next meeting.
They can also be mailed to: TWRA Fisheries Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.
Any changes in regulations will go into effect March 1.
Lebanon CWD test site: A locker has been placed at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in which hunters can deposit deer heads to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.
The locker is located at the park’s maintenance building and will be open during regular park hours.
A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency biologist will collect the heads and send them to a lab to test for the deadly disease that has spread throughout West Tennessee.
So far no cases have been found in Middle Tennessee, although Wayne County has been added to the “high risk” category.
Conservationist magazine: The Tennessee Conservationist magazine celebrates its 85th anniversary this year by offering a special subscription discount: six annual issues for $20.
The magazine is noted for its spectacular photography and coverage of the state’s wildlife, nature and outdoors activities.
Subscriptions can be made at tnstateparks.com/conservationist with the code word GREEN.
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