By Megan Hollaway
Area residents now gear up for the warmer weather of spring and summer in Johnson County, are encouraged to start thinking about licensure for hunting and fishing.
That is because last year’s licenses have all expired on February 28, and before any avid fisherman or hunter can even think about catching the big one or a new set of antlers for the wall, must have a new license.
The beginning of trout fishing season is the first weekend of April, and there is only a few weeks left to get that spot on the river and bring home some of the first trout of the season for dinner.
According the State of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) the new 2019-20 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale.
Officials said that more than one million licenses are expected to be purchased this year.
Several ways to obtain a fishing license this year, including going online at any point at www.GoOutDoorsTennessee.com, downloading the” On the Go App” or visiting any approved licensure renewal locations in Tennessee.
For the avid hunting and fishing fan, there is a choice to buy a collectors card. This collector’s card is water proof for all the high waders and all fall-off-the-boat-ers. It also features the picture of either a duck hunting scene or a largemouth bass.
Johnson County is known for its beautiful and abundant wildlife, from the babbling Doe creek with its crawdads and little fish to the large portions of the Cherokee national forest filled with deer and birds.
The county’s natural charm and beauty are owed to local hunters and fishermen as one hundred percent of the hunting and fishing licenses fees actually goes toward the preservation of our natural wildlife.
TWRA officials emphasized that hunters and anglers have been funding Tennessee’s and the nation’s wildlife conservation for more than 100 years through license purchases.
“License purchase returns taxes paid on firearms, archery equipment, fishing gear and boat fuel to Tennessee at a rate of up to $40 per year so a license purchase is a great investment,” said Lee Wilmot in a recent press release, explaining the importance of license purchases. “This successful funding system is the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration program, which is the largest driver of wildlife conservation nationwide.”