Here is a unique sports banquet not to be missed. The Tennessee Muzzleloading History Banquet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Smyrna Event Center in Smyrna.
Some of the attractions: A collection of Tennessee ML rifles; a historical exhibit of ML in Tennessee from 1769; Sergeant Alvin York guns and memorabilia; Civil War reenactments with Whitworth rifles; vintage barrel-making machine demonstration by Rice Barrels; Q&A with national champion ML shooters; Stephen Tucker with his world record Tucker Buck; Knight Rifles and other ML vendors onsite.
The activities go all day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with reenactments, shoots and fun ($10 activities fee). Evening socializing, viewing the exhibits, cocktails, and then dinner will be 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $30 each and $15 for under 18 years. Pre-register at www.nmlra.org.
Would you believe a shorty 12 ga. 1 ¾-inch shotshell? It is officially here. Federal Cartridge Co. submitted the “12-gauge 1 ¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel” cartridge and chamber designs to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), and it was just approved as an official new cartridge.
“This is big news for our new Shorty Shotshell ammunition,” said Federal’s Shotshell Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “The 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch cartridge has been around for more than a decade, but it was never brought to SAAMI to be considered by its Technical Committee. Once we decided to start manufacturing this load, we immediately submitted it to SAAMI for industry standardization. We’re excited about this approval and we deeply appreciate SAAMI’s support.”
Federal’s new Shorty Shotshells deliver similar full-sized performance without the length of standard shells. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size counterparts. Now available in 8 shot, 4 buck and rifled slug loads perfect for fun at the range.
“SAAMI’s approval of the cartridge was a crucial step in legitimizing it within the industry,” continued Stoeckel. “Their work creates industry standards for the cartridge, and will hopefully inspire shotgun manufacturers to purposely build pump-action and semi-auto shotguns to specifically run 1 ¾-inch loads.”
SAAMI allows free access to technical data and drawings for accepted cartridge and chamber designs. These are posted within New SAAMI Cartridge & Chamber Designs under their Technical Information section, found at www.saami.org. A direct link to the 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel Cartridge .PDF document can be viewed here.
EDITORIAL: Walmart Never Was a Gun Store
By RICHARD MANN, in The Hunting Wire firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot of folks are outraged at Walmart discontinuing the sale of ARs and now certain kinds of ammunition. I guess they feel like this monster corporation has betrayed them, and that we should boycott or punish them for not supporting the Second Amendment. Well, um, we should have never started buying our gun stuff there in the first place. We abandoned real gun stores for convenience, and to save a couple dollars. Gun stores went out of business, and here we are.
I could not care less. In fact, it would not bother me if Walmart stopped selling guns, and gun and hunting related accessories all together.
They’ve never been a real gun/hunting store anyway. Though I’m sure there are exceptions, those behind the counter are, in most cases, not qualified to sell or even handle a gun, and I doubt any of them know the difference between a caliber and a cartridge. And based on my experience; their enthusiasm for customer care almost equals my interest in cat videos.
We’ve seen the death of the local gun shop. With that, we’ve lost places where real and practical knowledge could be dispensed. Walmart has contributed to this near extinction; they retail firearms so cheaply the local guy cannot compete. (Few realize how small profit margins are on guns.) What they fail to deliver is service—service before, during, and most importantly, after the sale. And those conducting the sale do not have the experience to get that feeling when someone is trying to buy a gun with possible bad intentions in mind. (You do realize an FFL dealer can deny a sale to anyone they think might be a danger, don’t you? Local gun shop owners take this seriously.)
And then there’s the knowledge they do not possess to share. Local gun shops are operated by folks who are experienced with, and passionate about, what they do and the things they sell. That passion carries over to the customer. The absence of that passion is like a cancer to the gun and hunting industry. It’s why Walmart could care less about your firearms or hunting interests—they have none of their own. It’s also the reason some gun manufactures are struggling; they hired management types from other industries who lack our passion.
Be mad at Walmart if you like, I could not care less what they sell. When I buy gun stuff I’m going to buy it from a guy who smells like Hoppe’s #9; a guy who was installing a trigger on a rifle that morning; a guy who closed his shop early yesterday to go to the range; a guy who frequently has a shop full of like-minded folks bitching about anti-gunners; a guy who knows what a pre-64 model 70 is; knows who Jeff Cooper was; and who actually gives a damn if I hit what I shoot at, or ever come back in his shop again.
With this help from Walmart the local gun shop can once again be real. With all the new gun owners in our ranks, they’ve never been needed more than right now! You think Walmart is a gun store? Well, bless your heart. You’ve never been in a real gun store, have you?
If you enjoy social media, then you should check out the new Tagboards from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Here you can share your outdoor experiences by using #tnwildlife, #tntrophyroom or #tnboating on your favorite social media site. Whether you prefer Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Vine, or Flickr, by using one of these hashtags, you can share memories with the TWRA, your friends and family. Make sure your posts are public; private posts will not make it to the board. Click here and visit one or all three tagboards.
Calling all new hunters, and still-learning hunters (that’s all of us): Here is a new resource for excellent information to mentor you in your new passion. “Hunters Connect” has a large collection of videos with a wide variety of subjects on every topic an up-and-coming hunter will need to know, from purchasing your first license to tagging your first animal and everything else in between. Hunters Connect has the “How-To, When-To, Where-To, and What-To Do” in hunting methods, techniques and requirements.
Hunters Connect was put online this month by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) as the next step after the hunter’s traditional introduction to the sport. The video library grows weekly and you can request new topics of interest to you.
Lastly, Hunters Connect is a valuable asset for the thousands of volunteer hunter ed instructors as they continue to teach and lead and mentor the next generation of hunters. See it all at www.youtube.com/HuntersConnect. Share it on social media.
The fifth Calendar Photo Contest (for the 2020 calendar) for the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has an entry deadline of Aug. 31, 2019. The TWF wants photos that represent the beautiful landscapes, natural resources and wildlife of Tennessee. Tip: It is good to focus on the Tennessee state parks, wildlife management areas and national forests; and, again this year, winter scenes and aquatic species are in short supply. So, if not this year, plan now for next year.
Winning photographers will receive a display copy of their photo, a $20 gift card and TWF apparel; the two top winners will receive gift cards of $200 and $100. Go to https://tnwf.org/photocontest for more details, helpful tips and to enter the contest.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and conservation policy. TWF sponsors Hunters For the Hungry, Scholastic Clay Target Program, TWF Youth Hunting and Fishing, and other conservation programs. Learn more at https://tnwf.org.
The Tennessee Ammo Tax Stamp has been repealed. The little green ten cent stamp is no longer required for every box of ammunition sold in Tennessee. The Tennessee State Legislature passed the repeal of this so-called “special privilege tax” on April 30 and it went into effect on July 1, 2019.
The revenue from the ammo tax stamp went directly into the Wildlife Resources Fund, which is the general bank account of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The TWRA receives no tax support from the state; its entire operating budget is derived from license sales and some matching federal wildlife funds, plus some other sources such as fines and penalties, advertising sales and this privilege tax on ammo.
One drawback to the end of the ammo tax is a significant reduction in the money the TWRA has to spend on wildlife in Tennessee. For those that love wild animals – game and non-game – and would like to contribute something to help them, simply buy a hunting and fishing license. You don’t have to use it; the benefit has been realized. Check out the “Friend of Wildlife” license package available at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com.
June 6, 1944 – D-Day. The Allied invasion of Europe, codenamed “Operation Overlord”, began 75 years ago at Normandy Beach, France. The assault beach codenames were Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword. The troops of the United States, Great Britain and Canada participated. Allied casualties numbered 209,000, including the deaths of nearly 37,000 ground troops and 16,700 air forces. It turned the tide of World War II.
Have some fun with this great idea from the state’s largest conservation organization. “We want your litter photos!” Litter is not at all a new problem. But, as study after study shows, the problem is far worse than we knew—for us and for wildlife.
With the start of summer, Tennessee Wildlife Federation wants your photographs of litter in our great outdoors to raise awareness about Tennessee’s big litter problem. Whether it’s in the woods, on the lake, along a river, or by the road, send us your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that harm wildlife and takes away from the beauty of nature. Submit your best of our worst at https://tnwf.org/litter/.
Time running out: The Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS) is set for July 14-19 (Sunday – Friday) for students in high schools across Tennessee, conducted by the TWRA. Students will spend a week in hands-on classes that will teach all kinds of outdoor skills and the importance of the natural resources and their management.
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17. Activities will take place at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville and lodging will be in modern cabins onsite. The fee for the weeklong experience is $350, lodging, meals and beverages included. Scholarships are available based on financial need. Applications can be downloaded at www.twrf.net/toys/ or go to www.tnwildlife.org and select Upcoming Events. For more information contact Lacey Lane at telephone 615-831-9311 ext.114, or email LLane@twrf.net.
Sports banquets are without a doubt a most enjoyable way to contribute to wildlife conservation. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapter banquets are no exception. RMEF has seven chapters in Tennessee and six banquets queued for the remainder of the year (East Tennessee Chapter was in February). Plan to join one of these soirees and enjoy the camaraderie, as well as the raffles, games, live and silent auctions, and the good food.
For quick reference there are banquets set for these Tennessee cities and dates: May 4, Johnson City; May 18, LaFollette; June 1, Chattanooga; July 20, Shelbyville; Aug. 17, Upper Cumberland; Aug. 24, Franklin. For tickets and contact information go to https://www.rmef.org/Events/StateChapterEvents.aspx.
Warning: Some Rossi revolvers may fire when dropped. A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that certain Rossi brand revolvers are defective in that they could unintentionally fire when dropped. Rossi is a division of Forjas Taurus, S.A. The presiding court is the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Rossi issued a Warning about these safety concerns in September 2018. The company denies all allegations of wrongdoing and liability alleged in the lawsuit, and the Court has not decided who is right. The parties have agreed to settle.
The "Class Revolvers" means Rossi brand .38 Special and .357 revolver models made between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2017. The Settlement establishes an "Enhanced Warranty" allowing current or future owners to return their Class Revolvers for inspection, repair if necessary, certification, and cleaning, all free of charge (including shipping, labor, and parts). Additionally, each claimant will receive a $50 cash "Inconvenience Payment." The settlement does not include claims for personal injury.
The deadline to participate in this action is July 15, 2019.For detailed information including the full notice, the Settlement agreement, and claim forms information, visit www.RossiRevolverSettlement.com or call 888-724-0242.
Public comments requested now: E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuels can severely damage your boat’s engine and fuel lines, and it is about to get even easier to misfuel your boat. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving toward permitting the sale of (E15) during the summer ozone season (June 1 to September 15). Currently available only in the colder months, the E15 summertime ban was implemented years ago to address concerns over its contribution to ground level air pollution (ozone and smog) on hot days.
The problem begins with a serious flaw in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS is the 2005 federal law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. This is where our now-common regular gasoline with 10 percent ethanol blended in (E10) came from. Now E15 is scheduled to replace E10. The trouble is that all marine engines, motorcycles, ATV, small engines (lawnmowers, chain saws, etc.), and older automobiles might tolerate E10, but they are damaged by E15. And manufacturer’s warrantees are often voided by use of E15.
When the RFS was written, it was assumed that America's use of gasoline would continue to rise. However, U.S. gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily since 2005 and now the RFS law forces more corn ethanol into fewer gallons of gasoline. What’s more, RFS dictates a reduction in the production of non-blended gasoline (E0), the fuel that all of the above engines were designed to use.
The nation’s largest boating advocacy, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), wants EPA to immediately halt any expansion of E15 fuel availability and is asking recreational boaters to speak up now to stop the summertime sale of E15. It offers an easy way contact the EPA by going to http://bit.ly/2UyyMFV . Go to www.BoatUS.com/gov/rfs.asp for more information on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Among other useful information this site has a helpful chart that names the older automobiles at risk.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is also concerned with the EPA’s proposed increase of E15 fuels. It offers the following link to submit original comments to the EPA: www.votervoice.net/NMMA/Campaigns/64343/Respond. The NMMA strongly encourages filers to personalize the beginning and end of the pre-populated message in “Boating United”. EPA will not count identical comments.
It is the largest hunting, shooting and outdoors sport show in the country, and this year it is within driving distance of Tennessee (280 miles north of Nashville). The National Rifle Association’s 148th Annual Meeting and Exhibits is in Indianapolis, Ind. on April 26-28. At least 80,000 outdoors enthusiasts, hunters and shooters will descend upon the Indiana Convention Center.
You do not have to be a NRA member to appreciate the three-day Guns, Gear and Outfitters Show: More than 800 exhibitors on 15 acres representing major manufacturers of firearms and sporting goods. Admission is free to members, uniformed military, law enforcement personnel, and organized youth groups.
Additionally, there is fun for the whole family with an air gun range, seminars on hunting and firearms, country music, and other entertainment. The Saturday Night Concert features Alan Jackson and William Michael Morgan. Go to www.nraam.org for more information.
The 10th annual Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS) is set for July 14-19 for students in high schools across Tennessee, conducted by the TWRA. Students will spend a week in hands-on classes that will teach outdoor skills and the importance of the natural resources and their management. Instructors will be wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife officers, college professors, professional shooting coaches, and other experts.
TOYS students will be introduced to many different outdoor activities including: Boating, hunting, trapping, fishing, archery, ATV safety, turkey calling, antler scoring, wilderness survival, photography, marksmanship, plant identification, forestry, camping, water quality, trap shooting, skeet shooting, wildlife identification, and several classes focusing on wildlife and fishery biology.
Activities will take place at the Clyde York 4-H Center near Crossville and lodging will be in modern cabins onsite. The fee for the weeklong experience is $350 with lodging, meals and beverages included.
TOYS enrollment deadline is May 17, but apply early; space is limited to 120 students and it fills up quickly. Scholarships are available based on financial need. Applications can be downloaded at www.twrf.net/toys/ or go to www.tnwildlife.org and select Upcoming Events. For more information contact Lacey Lane at telephone 615-831-9311 ext.114, or email LLane@twrf.net.
A “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) event is set for May 31 – June 2 near Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center. These weekend workshops are an ideal way for women age 18 and older to learn or improve their outdoor recreation skills.
This year the following workshops will be offered: Firearms and firearms safety, basic fishing skills, advanced fishing techniques, all-terrain vehicle operation, basic archery, boating safety education, outdoor cooking, wild edible foray, beginning fly fishing, nature photography basics, basic canoeing, paddle boarding, basic shotgun, backyard habitat, map/compass, introductions to muzzleloading, turkey hunting and deer hunting, reading the woods, discover scuba, and stream ecology.
The fee of $225 includes two nights lodging, meals, event t-shirt, and a 2019-20 Tennessee hunting and fishing license. Social gatherings are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings. BOW weekends are popular so apply early.
Applications may be obtained from the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org, or any TWRA regional office. For more information contact Donald Hosse, Wildlife Education Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or telephone 615-781-6541.
The big wildlife conservation payoff from the 2019 Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Funds is $1.04 billion, nearly matching the 2018 figure of $1.10 billion. Hunters and anglers contribute this money for wildlife through the 11 percent excise tax on sporting goods (Pittman-Robertson Act), plus approximately 10 percent on fishing and boating equipment (Dingell-Johnson Act). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually distributes the revenues to all the states proportionally by their land mass and their license sales.
Tennessee’s share of the 2019 Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds will be $26,245,289. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is in charge of apportioning it. This year marks $21 billion total contributions to the Fund by hunters and anglers nationwide. The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $7.3 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.
There is a hunting season about to begin that is off the radar: Tick season has arrived. Millions of the suckers are hatching now. By the end of May most will have been eaten by birds, but plenty of ticks stay around until the first frost.
Since they can’t fly or jump, ticks brush onto victims from grass, bushes or trees. For protection when outdoors use insect repellents and wear long pants and shirtsleeves. After being outdoors, inspect your whole body well, especially major crevices. It takes several hours for a tick to attach.
If bitten don’t try to smother or burn the sucker. Those techniques don’t work and they risk added injury to your skin. Firmly grasp the tick (tweezers are best) and gently pull for a long time (two or three minutes) until it has a chance to let go. Afterwards clean the bite with an antiseptic. Finally, save the corpus delicti in a plastic baggy or a piece of cellophane tape for future reference in case a serious infection ensues (The Lyme disease’s “red bulls-eye” can take more than two weeks to appear).
Here is another tick removal that I can’t wait to try. Moisten a cotton ball and rub in some hand soap until it is very soapy. Place it over the attached tick and rub it gently in a counterclockwise direction (It won’t work clockwise). In a few minutes the tick will release and back out. And for you wiseacres out there that dare to challenge the counterclockwise tenet, it’s your tick.
For more vitally important health information on ticks, go to Babe Winkelman’s Tick-Borne Illness Information Center here.
Whitetails Unlimited will introduce more than 13,000 youngsters to archery this year through the Kids On Target program, with the help of Realtree as a title sponsor. The program consists of kits that are given to youth through a willing mentor. Mentors can be anyone including a parent, a hunter safety instructor, or an archery coach. The kits consist of two paper targets, the 10 commandments of archery safety, a certificate of achievement, and a medal. A letter to the mentor is also included explaining what the youth needs to accomplish in order to earn the certificate of achievement and medal.
“This is a very quick and easy way to introduce a kid to the world of archery,” says Whitetails Unlimited Program Services Director Russ Austad. “As a mentor you don’t need to be certified or even proficient in archery. All you need to do is follow the mentor instructions in the letter and hopefully get a kid hooked on archery.”
Whitetails Unlimited also offers a firearm version of the Kids On Target program. The kits come in a 9” x 12” envelope and can be shipped at no charge upon request. Call 800-274-5471 for Kids On Target requests. For more on Whitetails Unlimited go to www.whitetailsunlimited.com.
Rejoice all ye who love the outdoors. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been permanently funded by federal law. President Trump has signed the bipartisan bill S.47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act). The LWCF is a significant tool for increasing recreational access to public lands and supporting fish and wildlife habitat. This public lands package also contains more than 100 local and regional public lands bills that aim to benefit sportsmen and women.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund works in partnership with federal, state and local efforts to protect land in our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and other public lands. The program’s goal is to preserve working forests and ranchlands; to support state and local parks and playgrounds, to preserve battlefields and other historic and cultural sites and to provide the tools that communities need to meet their diverse conservation and recreation needs.
Outers – outdoors men and women – have a choice on where they spend their hard-earned money, and they are choosing to support their political interests. This report comes from The Outdoor Wire today, March 13:
Continuing to pursue the tightened gun policies that initially drove its stock down, Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) has announced it will remove hunting gear from about 125 stores. The change, expected to begin August 1, will affect about 17 percent of the company’s stores.
The announcement, coupled with continuing declines in same-store sales since 2017, is being credited with a nearly 11 percent decline in stock price yesterday. Dick’s closed at $34.45 on the NYSE, down $4.28/share. Dick’s CEO and major shareholder Ed Stack has told the Wall Street Journal that if the 125-store move “goes well” the company may remove hunting gear from more stores next year.
Last month, Stack was one of four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a gun control bill recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also joined the business council of Everytown, the nonprofit organization founded by Michael Bloomberg that advocates for gun control.
The following is a timely editorial by Mia Anstine, contributing editor to The Archery Wire and The Outdoor Wire. It was condensed by me. See the entire article here.
Hunters need to stand together now more than ever to preserve our traditions and freedoms. I recently wrote an op-ed in opposition to H.R. 8, the supposed universal background check law. Later, the House GOP invited me to speak at a press conference on Capitol Hill where the bill then passed the House with a 240 -190 vote. We have to tell our Senators to vote NO on this and other feel-good bills.
I teach basic firearms, archery, and hunter education classes. I also help with youth competitive shooting teams. H.R. 8 is a threat to these activities. If a youngster competing in a Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) competition and she only has a bow, I won’t be allowed to lend a shotgun to her, her parents, or the coach, unless I’m present at the event, or I run a background check on them.
In Colorado, we already have a universal background check law, which has done nothing to reduce crime. Our Colorado law and H.R. 8, have many shades of gray. While a grandparent will be able to loan a hunting rifle to their grandchild, an uncle won’t be allowed to loan one to his niece. A stepfather won’t be allowed to loan to their stepchild. There are exemptions for hunting written into H.R. 8. As an outfitter, I may loan my gun to a client for “a reasonable length of time.” Some hunting seasons are months long — Is that a reasonable length of time?
I will have to run a background check on my neighbor whose animals are being threatened by predators, or a friend who has a stalker. Then he/she can “borrow” my gun, except then it becomes his/her gun. To return the firearm, they’ll have to run a background check on me. With H.R. 8 if we don’t follow these rules, we will both become felons.
We all have to stand against these types of laws, and if you’re an archer who thinks it won’t affect you, know that they are attempting to ban the National Archery in the Schools program in the state of New York. Your state could be next, or like these universal background check laws, it could go national.
The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting; it is designed to save us from tyranny. Universal background check laws will never be universal because criminals don’t obey the law. It will instead cause law-abiding citizens to become criminals.
I urge you to not solely rant on social media but to contact your Senators now. Tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 8 and other bills (H.R. 1112 and S. 42) that threaten to dismantle our constitution. For a link to your U.S. senators and for more information, go here. Or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Follow Mia at http://MiaAnstine.Com. Listen to her podcast “MAC Outdoors” on iTunes, Stitcher and more.
Anglers, here is your chance to trade in that old rod and/or reel for a new one. The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s 2019 Spring Fishing Classic runs Feb. 15 – March 3. There will be all kinds of special prices on fishing gear and boats, as well as fishing seminars and workshops with visiting pro anglers, and fun and games for the whole family. For the schedule on trade-in programs, event times and special offers visit www.basspro.com/classic or www.cabelas.com/classic.
By the way, those traded rods and reels are refurbished and donated to non-profit youth organizations – to the tune of more than 335,000 items to date.
Your best photographs of wildlife native to Tennessee, or fishing, boating and hunting activities in Tennessee could be good enough for publication in Tennessee Wildlife magazine. The winners of the 2019-2020 photo contest will appear in next year’s calendar edition of the magazine in August; and the photographers will earn $60 per photograph.
The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2019. The format is horizontal digital images on disc (no prints) in JPEG; high resolution (300 dpi) sized no smaller than 8-1/2x11 is required. Each disc submitted must have the name of the photographer, address and telephone number; discs cannot be returned. Photographers may submit up to 10 entries each year.
Entries can be mailed to: Tennessee Wildlife Magazine, Calendar Issue, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. To see some previously winning photographs or for more information go to the older news section of www.tnwildlife.org. Tennessee Wildlife is the official magazine for the TWRA. Subscription rates for Tennessee Wildlife begin at $10 per year.
Caution: Gift-giving to hunters and anglers is not easy. They tend to have specific preferences for equipment, and they tend to already have all of their basic equipment. It is best to forgo the surprise gift and get a detailed shopping list from either the recipient or a close fishing/hunting buddy.
Practical gifts for hunters and anglers are available from the TWRA. Starting small, there’s a subscription to the TWRA magazine “Tennessee Wildlife” for just $10 per year ($17/two years and $25/three years). Next, there’s a specialty license plate for $35 above the price of state registration; choose from the bluebird, black bear, wild turkey, and smallmouth bass.
Finally, a gift to be cherished for a lifetime: a Resident Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License. These are real bargains. The prices per age group: Under age 3 is $200; ages 3-6 is $659; ages 7-12 is $988; ages 13-50 is $1,976; ages 51-64 is $1,153; ages 65 – over is $329.
All of these items can be purchased at www.tnwildlife.org or at the mobile app gotwra.org. By phone the contact number is 888-814-8972. A card to acknowledge the gift is available.