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 Youth outdoor clinic planned for Knoxville

A Youth Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center in Knoxville.

The daylong activity will begin at 9 a.m. and is planned for youth ages 10 through 16 who have always wanted to learn some outdoor skills or even have the desire to develop their outdoor skills further.

This fun filled instructional event is free of charge and will be hosted by the Volunteer Rifle and Pistol Club, Smoky Mountain Archers, Quail Unlimited and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Topics to be presented include shotgun, rifle, archery, turkey calling and safety, and wildlife management and conservation.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Interested youth must send name, address, age, date of birth and phone number to: John Sevier Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Rd., Knoxville, TN 37918-3705.

Lunch will be provided.

For further information, contact the John Sevier Hunter Education Center at 865-594-6279.


How does your turkey score?

Lucky turkey hunters often wonder how their trophy stacks up against others. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has an official wild turkey records program with which to provide hunters throughout the world a permanent record keeping system that will preserve information on all legally harvested wild turkeys taken in the spirit of fair chase.

Records are kept for Eastern, Florida, Rio Grande and Merriam’s subspecies. The Eastern subspecies is found in Tennessee.

Weight, beard length and spur length are considered in order to determine a total score for wild turkeys.

The formula for overall score is weight (lbs. and oz.) plus 10 times spur length (right plus left) plus two times beard length. The beard must be measured, to the nearest 1/16 inch, from the center point of the protrusion from the skin to the end of the longest bristle. Spurs must be measured, to the nearest 1/16-inch, along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Ounces and fractions of inches need to be converted to decimals.

Persons submitting records must be current members of the NWTF. Hunters may join when the record is submitted.

For rules or an official application form, contact the National Wild Turkey Federation, P.O. Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824, or check out the NWTF web page at www.nwtf.org.