Tennessee’s Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park

David Psimer is a successful Gray, Tennessee, entrepreneur who guides DP Builders as CEO. David Psimer enjoys activities such as travel and golf in his free time and has played on links throughout his home state.

Voted Tennessee’s top course by Golf Week magazine, Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park is one of several Bear Trace sites designed by Jack Nicklaus. The par-72 layout encompasses 6,900 yards and takes advantage of a varied terrain. The course features several streams as well as groves of mature pines. The course plays longer than it actually is, due to rapid changes in elevation and numerous blind shots across fairways with a right-to-left traverse. The signature 7th hole spans 393 yards and features myriad hazards, including a waterfall to the right, bunkers on the left, and stacked flagstones straight ahead. The short par-3 8th hole is even more challenging, as it lies on a hill, and missing the green lands the ball in heavy rough and typically results in a bogey.

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Being a Responsible Hunter

David Psimer is the owner and CEO of DP Builders, a multifamily housing and commercial property construction company in Tennessee. He takes fundamental responsibility for ensuring that the company finishes projects on time and within budget. When he’s not busy with work, David Psimer enjoys such activities as hunting.

Responsible hunters care for the environment and the game they hunt and are dedicated to protecting recreational areas and showing respect for their fellow hunters. They follow all safety guidelines for handling a gun and hunting, as well as the pertinent game laws. This involves staying up to date on hunting regulations to avoid breaking any laws and gathering specific dates for the different hunting seasons.

Since it is not uncommon for several hunters to prowl a recreational area at once, it’s important that no one shoots across roads or waterways, that all parties request permission from landowners before walking across private property, and that hunters only shoot when they are positive they have properly identified a target and are certain that the area surrounding and past the target is clear. Responsible hunters must also do their part in preserving the environment and are asked to always follow any signs or barriers and only travel on designated roads and trails, even if they are rough.

Showing respect to the game is another part of being responsible. Hunters should only fire when they know they can kill the animal with one shot and in the most humane and painless way possible. When choosing a target, hunters must be capable of moving the body, if successful in making the kill, and should be willing to eat the meat; if not personally, then by giving it to someone who will. Additionally, responsible hunters make sure that their target is able to run. If a kill is 100 percent guaranteed, then the hunt is considered unethical.