Applications for firearms quota deer hunts in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area are available online: lblquotahunt.usedirect.com/Web/Home.aspx. Quota Hunt online application fees are $10. Application deadline is Sunday.
NATIONAL SHOOTING MONTH
The National Rifle Association of America recently announced its support of the sixth annual National Shooting Sports Month, an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). National Shooting Sports Month, created by the NSSF, runs throughout August to encourage participation in the shooting sport and to emphasize firearm safety.
“The NRA is once again proud to partner with the NSSF to promote and support National Shooting Sports Month,” said Joseph P. De Bergalis Jr., Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “We are appealing to all NRA members this month to exercise their Second Amendment rights by participating in the sport of shooting, whether competitive or for fun. Now is the time to bring a friend or first-time gun owner as a mentor, introduce them to the sport, and practice safe and responsible firearm use.”
“Last year’s National Shooting Sports Month was a tremendous success, thanks to hundreds of shooting ranges and retailers across the country reminding people of the fun and excitement of target shooting,” said Zach Snow, director of the NSSF. “We are delighted to have the NRA join the continued celebration of the sport of shooting this year.”
Whether you are a seasoned marksman, a hunter, or someone just interested in acquiring a first firearm and learning to shoot, the NRA and NSSF invite you to hit the shooting range during National Shooting Sports Month , so you can improve your shooting and gun safety skills.
Also, be sure to like the NSSF Facebook page to see how others across the country are celebrating this special event. The NSSF and NRA encourage you to share your National Shooting Sports Month experience on social media and use the hashtag #LetsGoShooting.
TENNESSEE CONSERVATION DRAW OPENING
A tracker boat and a $5,000 Academy Sports and Outdoors gift card are just two of the standout packages offered in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) giveaway.
The Tracker Pro Team 175 TF is a boat that helps anglers adapt to a variety of fishing situations. Features include three bow seating positions, two live wells and a recessed foredeck level. Like all Tracker boats, the 175 TF is equipped with a Mercury outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance fish finder.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card can be redeemed for merchandise, in-store or at academy.com. Academy offers a range of fishing tackle for all styles of fishing in its diverse inventory.
Ten prize packages plus 100 additional prizes will be awarded in the TWRF competition. This year’s competition will be highlighted by a $50,000 voucher to be used on a new Ford vehicle at any Mid-South Ford dealership.
Other packages include a Tennessee Premier Elk Zone Elk Mark, Presidents Island Deer Hunt, ATV, Turkey Hunt Package, Waterfowl Hunt Package, Precision Long Range Shooting Package, Heritage Package which includes a Tennessee Henry Rifle, plus 100 winners receive a Bon Trapper knife. All 10 packs include additional items and see twrf.net/ for details on pricing.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be making in-person duck-blind announcements in nine locations on August 6. Events start at 9am and blind announcements start at 10am
TWRA is also inviting public comment on a proposal by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to create a 900-acre waterbird sanctuary in the Big Sandy Wildlife Management Area. If implemented, the refuge would be closed to all access from November 15 through the second Sunday of February.
The area in question is difficult for hunters to access and the Commission believes that if it were a sanctuary it would improve local hunting.
This proposal will be discussed at the August Commission meeting, taking place August 18-19 in Gatlinburg. Comments can be sent to TWRA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The August 6th events will be held in person in support of community events and activities. Both the drawing and the application period, which ended on July 20, were conducted online. TWRA staff from the Wildlife Division, Boating and Law Enforcement, and Communications and Outreach will be present at the venues.
The locations of TWRA’s Region One blind announcements will be:
• Kentucky Lake WMA, Big Sandy ballpark.
• West Sandy WMA, Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris.
• Barkley WMA, Stewart County High School, Dover.
• Reelfoot WMA, Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center.
• Tigrett WMA, Dyer County Fairgrounds.
• Gooch WMA, Obion City Park.
HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL AT LBL
The Friends of Land Between the Lakes are hosting the 26th Annual Hummingbird Festival at Woodlands Nature Station on August 6-7 from 10am-5pm.
Hummingbird lovers will delight in the natural spectacle of hummingbird migration as they watch these backyard beauties buzz through native gardens and fortify themselves for the next leg of their long journey south to Central America.
A schedule of events is available on the LBL website. The festival program includes: hummingbird banding and release demonstrations; seminars on attracting hummingbirds, native bees, orioles and thrushes to backyards; Winner of the annual photo competition; live animal programs; children’s crafts and games; local artisans; Sale of native plants; educational stands for backyard habitats; and homemade ice cream for purchase.
Visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and spend the day as on-site dining options are limited. Woodlands Nature Station is located within LBL at 3146 Silver Trail Road, Cadiz, Kentucky. Special admission is $9 for children 18 and older, $7 for children 5-17, and free for children under 4.
Sunday – application deadline for the LBL quota hunt.
6 August – TWRA personal duck blind announcement, various locations.
August 6-7 – Hummingbird Festival, LBL Woodlands Nature Station.