The Holly Fork Shooting Complex is hosting the 11th annual Big Dog Predator Hunt on Saturday. The entry fee for two-man teams is $100, plus $10 Big Dog side pot. Payback will be through three places for team total weight — up to three coyotes — and will be winnertake-all in Big Dog. There’s still time to enter. For event information, call Dustin Mackey at 417-621-1974 for questions and rules. WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING OFF Because of inclement weather, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting scheduled for this week will be rescheduled to a later time. The commission, on short notice, had a special meeting via Zoom on Wednesday morning to discuss continuances on the three rules that were scheduled for rule-making hearings. Sportsmen were somewhat in doubt and skeptical as to what all this meant for the situation at hand regarding duck blind draws and the overall details, since several waterfowlers had planned to attend the commission meeting and make their voices heard. Just what transpired in the live streamed Zoom meeting of the commission wasn’t finalized as this column went to press. NEW LICENSES ON SALE Tennessee’s new fishing and hunting licenses go on sale across the Volunteer State today. Your current licenses expire the last day of February every year. Once purchased, the new ones are effective immediately. Licenses are available at numerous retail outlets across the state, plus all county court clerk offices or online at www.tnwildlife.org. Don’t forget to renew as Feb. 28 is the deadline. It’s easy to overlook the deadline once spring fever sets in, so best to update yourself now before warm days return and you find yourself out on the lake fishing for an old fish with old licenses. Lots of folks have done it. STATE PARK OFFERS GEAR RENTAL In response to a surge of visitors to Tennessee State Parks last year, the parks announced a new partnership with Arrive Outdoors to make gear more affordable for park visitors. The plan is to offer gear that visitors can rent as opposed to buying expensive gear outright. Arrive Outdoors provides equipment for hiking, backpacking, camping, winter recreation and other outdoor activities. The company offers highquality, sturdy equipment for rent — either individual items or complete sets. A two-person tent rents for as little as $12 a day. Camping sets that include a tent, sleeping pad, cooler, camp stoves, and more, rent for as little as $60 a day. “Many people want more of the outdoors but are not prepared for it because it requires a lot of gear, and the gear can be expensive,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “This partnership opens more outdoor experiences to more people by making it affordable. “Rather than purchasing all the gear needed, visitors can simply rent it and return it. If you love the experience, you can decide if you want to invest in your own gear. The partnership with Arrive Outdoors opens up many outdoor activities to people who could not afford the needed equipment or simply did not want to make the investment for a single outing.” “We’re excited to partner with Tennessee State Parks to provide visitors with access to premium gear rentals, without the need for them to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy the outdoors,” Rachelle Snyder of Arrive Outdoors, said. “We know it can be intimidating to get outside and camp for the first time. We help customers get over that hump by providing not only the gear, but also advice to make them feel confident they’ll have everything they need.” When a park visitor rents gear from Arrive Outdoors by linking from Tennessee State Parks’ gear rental web page, a portion of the revenue goes to support Tennessee State Parks. Arrive Outdoors supports individual, group and large group rentals. The gear is shipped directly to the renter’s destination for free when the order is more than $49. Other items for rent include cots, hammocks, packs, camp stoves, apparel, footwear, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear safety gear. Arrive Outdoors ships gear via FedEx to any viable address and FedEx locations, participating Walgreens, hotels and vacation rentals. The company does not ship directly to state parks. To return equipment, people simply use the packaging the gear arrives in, adhere the free return label and tape provided, and drop off at any FedEx or Walgreens location. HOLLY FORK SPORTING CLAYS A sporting clays shoot benefiting the northwest Tennessee chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be held at Holly Fork Shooting Complex, 6133 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris, on March 13. The morning flight begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch beginning at noon. Afternoon flight begins at 1 p.m. Station sponsorships are available for $250; three-man teams can shoot for $450 and a three-man team including station sponsorship is $600. For additional information and entry forms on the upcoming event, contact Barry Duncan at bduncan@fca.org or call 731-446-1710. SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR Today — New fishing/hunting licenses on sale. Saturday — Big Dog Predator Hunt, Holly Fork Shooting Complex. Feb. 28 — Rabbit/quail seasons end. Feb. 28 — Fishing/hunting licenses expire.

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