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Quail hunt set Nov. 6
for young sportsmen

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Knoxville chapter of Quail Forever and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will sponsor a quail hunt at the McGhee-Carson Unit of the Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County.
This free hunt is for young sportsmen, ages 10-16, that have successfully completed a hunter safety class. The hunt will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Each young sportsman is required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Because of time and space, this hunt will be limited to the first 40 hunters who call and register.
Each young sportsman, along with a non-hunting adult, a dog handler and dog, will enter a field. When a dog finds a quail, the young sportsman will be given the opportunity to harvest the bird. Each young sportsman will be given the opportunity to harvest three birds.  There will be four fields available, so several young sportsmen will be able to hunt each hour.
The Knoxville chapter of Quail Forever will provide lunch. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will offer other activities for young sportsmen when they not participating in a hunt. Skeet shooting and .22 still target shooting will be available at no charge. To register, call David Whitehead at 423-884-6767 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please leave the young sportsman’s name and a telephone number where they can be reached in case there is a weather-related problem.

Deer hunt set Oct. 30-31
for young sportsmen

Tennessee’s first segment of the statewide 2010 young sportsman deer hunt will be Oct. 30-31.
This special hunt is open to young people between the ages of 6-16. Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old. The non-hunting adult does not need a license, but both youth and adult must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange.
Participating youth hunters 10 years and older are required to carry proof of successful completion of a hunter education course or possess an apprentice hunting license. Adults who accompany young hunters must be close enough to take immediate control of the hunting device, be it gun or bow.
The antlerless bag limit for this first segment is: 2 antlerless deer in Unit A; 3 antlerless deer per day in Unit L, and 1 antlerless deer in Unit B. Each young hunter may also take one antlered deer per day up to the statewide buck bag limit of three per year. Antlered deer are defined as deer with antlers at least three inches long.
Some wildlife management areas operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) also will be open for this hunt. A complete listing can be found in the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available wherever hunting licenses are sold.
Hunters, ages 6-12, do not need a hunting license but must purchase a permit if hunting on wildlife management areas that require one. Resident hunters, ages 13-15, must have a junior hunting license and permit if hunting certain wildlife management areas or a lifetime sportsman license. Residents that are already 16 when they purchase a license must buy adult licenses and permits.
Parents should remember that, in order to check out a deer, each youth hunter needs to have available a TWRA ID number or, if the youth is under the age of 13 and does not have a license or hunting under landowner exemption, a Social Security number is required.
There are two new licenses available for non-resident youth ages 13-15. These are the 7-day junior all game (Type 085) for $25. and the annual junior all game (Type 086) for $40.
Another segment of the young sportsman deer hunt will be Jan. 15-16, 2011. More details can be found in the 2010 Hunting and Trapping Guide or at www.tnwildlife.org.