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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news

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Hunters offered free
sight-in opportunity

On Friday, Nov. 12, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host a free sight-in day for big game hunters at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center located at 2327 Rifle Range Road in Knoxville.
Big game hunters that want to sight-in a pistol, rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader can do it for free between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. on that day. Targets, sand bags and scope adjustment tools will be provided. Staff members of the TWRA and volunteer hunter education instructors will assist and provide range safety.
Participants must check in at the range office and possess a valid hunting license for hunting big game with a firearm or muzzleloader in Tennessee.The shooting facility at John Sevier is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Handguns, rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders can be fired on the 100-yard range. Pistol and clay target programs are also available. An entrance fee of $5.50 for adults and $1.50 for young people under the age of 16 is required on public days, but all range fees will be waived during the sight-in period.
All TWRA licenses, wildlife management area permits, hunting guides and regulations are available at this facility. For more information, contact the range office at 865-594-6279.

Waterfowl refuges closed
during part of migration

Several TWRA waterfowl refuges in East Tennessee will close to public access this winter in order to provide migrating waterfowl a place to feed and rest, undisturbed by human activities.
Each year these refuges are closed to public access, except in designated observation areas, during the peak of the migrations.
The following areas are closed as designated:
•Henderson Island Refuge (Jefferson County) closed Nov. 15-Feb. 28, except in designated observation areas.
•Kyker Bottoms Refuge (Blount County) closed Nov. 15-Feb. 28, except in designated observation areas.
•Joachim Bible Refuge Unit of Lick Creek Bottoms Wildlife Management Area (Greene) closed Nov. 15-Feb. 28, except in designated observation areas.
•Chota Refuge Unit of Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (Monroe) closed Nov. 15-Feb. 28, except in designated observation areas.