The late Wade Bourne, one of the state’s most popular and prolific outdoor writers and ardent conservationist, will be honored later this month with the opening of the Wade Bourne Nature Center in his Clarksville hometown.

Bourne died in 2016 at 69.

During his decades of work in various outdoors media, Bourne authored six books on hunting and fishing and wrote thousands of magazine stories. He was the editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited magazine and senior writer for Bassmaster magazine.

Bourne founded and was host for Wired2Fish-Hunt Radio, a nationally syndicated program and was also host for In-Fisherman Radio, also broadcast nationwide.

In 2003, Bourne was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, and in 2014, he was enshrined into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Bourne attended Austin Peay State University and the University of Tennessee and served as an Air Force pilot.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center will open Oct. 24 and house some of his outdoors works and artifacts. It will feature a spacious community room for events and meetings, a nature exhibit and an interactive nature area designed for preschoolers.

Detailed information about services and hours of operation are available at wadebournenaturecenter.org.


Hunter education option: The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency offers a new online option for taking the hunter education class, mandatory for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 to get a license.

With the pandemic forcing cancellation of most hunter education in-person classes, they can be taken online, and students can forego the previously required four-hour field day. For details about enrollment, visit hunter-ed.com/Tennessee.


New deer rule: Deer and turkey hunters are reminded of the TWRA’s new tag-before-you-drag rule.

Before deer and turkeys are transported from the field they must be checked in on mobile apps or have a paper kill tag attached.

The new regulation is explained in the 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at most area outdoors outlets and on the TWRA website at tnwildlife.org.

The paper tags can be printed out at gooutdoorstennessee.com.


CWD testing: Hunters are asked to drop off harvested deer heads to be tested for chronic wasting disease at a locker at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Hunters can drop them off during regular park hours. If that’s not possible, they can be dropped off the following day. They will be collected by a biologist and shipped off for testing. So far, no cases of the deadly deer disease were found in Middle Tennessee.

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