BY STEVE McCADAMS

 

A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunter safety class is scheduled later this month in Henry County on four separate nights. Dates are July 25-26 and July 29-30. Hours are 6-9 p.m. 

It will be at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 1301 Spring Hill Road in Paris. The course is free and open to anyone age 9 and older. Participants are reminded to bring their Social Security number. You can register ahead of time by going online to TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org. Henry County Wildlife Office Steve Brewer will teach the class.

 

HENRY COUNTY TEAMS

OFF TO NATIONALS

The Henry County Shooting Sports program, fresh off state wins in Nashville, will head to national competition next week in Columbus, Ohio. 

Some 28 shooters from the Scholastic Clay Target Program will be competing with youngsters from across the nation in skeet, trap and sporting clays. You can monitor their progress by logging onto www.sssfonline.org. Henry County’s shooting team starts competition on Monday and it will run through Saturday.

 

CANOE/KAYAK TRIPS AT REFUGE

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge extends an invitation for a free canoeing and kayaking event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge. An easy paddle, led by the refuge manager, will be offered on the Long Creek area of the refuge located in Stewart County. Packed with wildlife and interesting features, this large bay is a favorite with small boaters because of its natural beauty. Birds are plentiful in this area including osprey, great blue herons, egrets, green herons and the occasional bald eagle. 

A limited number of free canoes and kayaks will be available, along with paddles and adult life preservers. No prior experience is necessary, but participants need to be prepared for sun exposure and wear shoes that can get wet. Please bring water and sunscreen and wear a hat. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may also bring their own equipment. 

All participants are asked to meet at the refuge office/visitor center located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover at 9 a.m. Limited space is available. To reserve your spot, RSVP by calling the refuge office at 642-2091.

 

QUOTA HUNT DEADLINE

Fall deer hunting season may seem like a long way off but if you plan to enter drawings for quota hunts on wildlife management areas, you’d best mark your calendar for an important date. Application deadline is July 31. The application period has been underway for more than a month. For additional information, check out the TWRA Hunting Guide at any license agent location or log onto www.tnwildlife.org.

 

SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR

Today through July 19 — LBL Nature Center seeks names for animal ambassadors.

Saturday — Canoe/kayak trip, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, Dover.

Monday-July 20 — National Scholastic Clay Target Program contest, Columbus, Ohio.

July 25-26; July 29-30   Hunter education course, Spring Hill Baptist Church, Paris.

July 31 — WMA quota hunt application deadline.

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