The application period for the 2021-22 season-long (Tier 1) duck blinds is underway and will close July 21 with results announced in early August. All applications must be submitted through www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com. Significant changes have been made to public land duck hunting this year to increase opportunities for all duck hunters. Check out the website for complete information. There will be 432 seasonlong (Tier 1) blind sites available for the 2022-23 season and most things will remain similar to the 2020-21 season. Application and drawings will be computerized and lotterystyle with results emailed. Applicants may form parties and each member’s name will be included in the lottery so that parties of eight will have eight chances. All applications must be submitted through www. GoOutdoorsTennessee.com or any Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency license agent. No mail-in applications are accepted. It is required that you include an email address for your account. All notifications will arrive only by email. You can log into your account at any time and see hunts you applied for, permits you were awarded, and your priority points balance.

OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC FOR KIDS

The brand new edition features a treasure trove of fun facts, creative activities and great ideas that will keep kids of all ages entertained all summer long. The Almanac for Kids is inspired by North America’s favorite “Old” friend, your trustworthy Old Farmer’s Almanac. The Almanac editors crafted the kids’ edition with all the traditional aspects of an Almanac: important dates, astronomy, gardening fun, weather, nature and more. But they’ve added in some extra amusement to keep your kids giggling away, engaging features on athletes and inspiring change-making kids, and lots of activities to help them learn more about the natural world. The new Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is packed with hours of fun guaranteed to fascinate young readers, such as why Pluto was demoted and the first person allergic to the moon; what your nose knows and why blood is red (and some is not); big cat facts and curious cases of ghost apples, ice volcanoes and falling iguanas; monthly sky highlights, seasonal poems and historic happenings; and so much more. It’s now available for $9.95 from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Store online.

FOUNDATION GIVEAWAY ONGOING

A Tracker boat and a $5,000 Academy gift card are just two of the outstanding packages being offered in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) 2021 contest. The Tracker Pro Team 175 TF is a boat that helps anglers adapt to a variety of fishing situations. Features include three-across bow seat positions, dual live wells, and a recessed front deck level. Like all Tracker boats, the 175 TF comes outfitted with a Mercury outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance fish finder. The Academy gift card is redeemable for merchandise and in-store services or for merchandise at academy. com. Academy offers an array of fishing gear for all types of fishing among its diverse inventory. Ten prize packages, plus an additional 100 prizes will be awarded in the TWRF’s contest. This year’s contest is highlighted by a $50,000 voucher which can be applied to a new Ford vehicle from any Mid-South Ford dealership. Other packages include an elk tag for the Tennessee Premier Elk Zone, a deer hunt on Presidents Island, a UTV, turkey hunting package, waterfowl hunting package, a precision long-range shooting package, a Tennessee Henry rifle, plus 100 winners will receive a knife. All 10 packages feature additional items and details of the prizes can be found at www.twrf.net/. One hundred percent of the funds from the contest goes to support wildlife conservation in Tennessee. The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting habitat conservation, responsible land stewardship and Tennessee’s hunting and fishing heritage for the benefit of the TWRA and Tennessee’s outdoor enthusiasts.

NRA BACKS HUNTERS FOR HUNGRY

The National Rifle Association Hunters’ Leadership Forum has announced a new level of support for Hunters for the Hungry, including the creation of a $50,000 fund available to affiliates throughout the country. An NRA-supported initiative, Hunters for the Hungry donates millions of meals to charities and programs focused on feeding the less fortunate every year. “There are many NRA-supported programs that don’t get the spotlight they deserve – Hunters for the Hungry is one of them,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. “Through the program, more than 2.1 million pounds of meat are donated every year. That translates into 8.1 million meals for friends and neighbors in our communities. That is meaningful food on the table, provided by NRA members and supporters.” Available in awards up to $1,500 at hfth.nra.org/hfhsubsidy/, the fund will cover the cost of processing, shipping, and distributing donated meat. Hunters for the Hungry is a loose affiliation of state and independent programs that has provided millions of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks across the United States. Working closely with the NRA, these programs connect interested individuals with programs in their area while fostering public awareness through education, fundraising and publicity. “I want to thank the generous donors who made it possible for (the forum) to support this incredibly worthy cause,” said Director Peter Churchbourne. “America has a long tradition of embracing the vast resources hunting provides as means for feeding family and friends. We are honored to play a role in that noble process.” Approximately 40 unique Hunters for the Hungry programs operate throughout the United States on shoestring budgets. Each are individually responsible for transporting donated game meat from the field to the butcher and ultimately to the facilities that provide meals. The NRA encourages all members and supporters to donate to those programs either financially or by donating harvested game meat. To find where you can donate, or to support Hunters for the Hungry, visit hfth.nra.org.

SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR

July 21 — Deadline for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency duck blind applications.

July 26-27, 29-30 — Hunter education class, Russwood Baptist Church.

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