Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TN Brings Home 7 National Champioinships From SCTP Event

From TWF

TN Scholastic Clay Target Program's Teams Outshine 36 Other States with 23 Top Five Finishes
SPARTA, Ill. - Twenty one teams from the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program competed in the sport's national championship event, held July 12-16 in Sparta, Ill. The result was seven national championships, 23 top-five finishes across all divisions, and the high overall shooter of the tournament.

Tennessee's 28 medals far surpassed those of the 36 other states with teams in the event, which included thousands of student-athletes from across the nation.

"Tennessee has become a pre-eminent state in scholastic shooting sports, and our teams did not disappoint at this year's national championships," said Andrew Peercy, who serves as TNSCTP's manager through the
Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which runs the program. "Side by side, the males and females that make up our state's teams shot the lights out in Sparta."

The seven national championships included: Arlington High School (Shelby County), varsity trap; Richland Trap Team (Giles County), junior varsity trap; Hoodlum Alley Claybusters (Bedford County), intermediate entry trap; and Bethel University, collegiate skeet. The Jefferson County Patriot Shooters won two national championships in the "Game & Fish" state divisions, both as the high all-around team and in the trap event, as well as a high all-around championship in the "4-H" division.

Cody Hart from Houston High School in Shelby County was named the individual trap national champion and the high overall shooter of the tournament. It was the fourth year in a row that a Tennessee athlete has won the high overall award in trap, a division that included more than 1,200 shooters from across the nation at this year's event. For his efforts, Hart was also named winner of the Jeanette C. Rudy Cup, for the best performance among Tennessee shooters at the national championships.

For complete results from the national championships, visit

Four colleges in Tennessee offer scholarships for competitive shotgun sports, including skeet, sporting clays and trap. Student-athletes can earn scholarships and financial assistance at Bethel University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Tennessee at Martin. The TNSCTP Scholarship Fund will award $15,000 in scholarships to SCTP athletes this year.

TNSCTP is a program of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, with approximately 2,000 student-athletes participating on an annual basis in competitions at the local, state and national levels. The program is made possible by support from key partners including the Tennessee Army National Guard, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Rio Ammunition. To learn more, visit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Permit for 2011 Elk Hunt To Be Auctioned on EBAY Throuh July 23


The final permit for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt will go to the successful bidder in an eBay auction from July 14-23. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) again donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization to join four others who were selected from a computer drawing. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) is the recipient of this year’s donated special take permit.

The TWRF will award its permit to the successful high bidder through the eBay auction. The successful bidder will participate in the hunt along with Richard R. Rutherford of Walland, Terrell S. Holt of Columbia, John Mark Alston of Knoxville, and Jody A. Moore of Loudon who were announced as winners of the drawing during the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.

The 2011 Tennessee Elk Hunt will be held Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 21 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in East Tennessee. The North Cumberland WMA will be divided into five elk hunting zones (EHZ). Each hunter will be designated an EHZ in a drawing to be conducted at a later date at a TWRA Region IV location.

All proceeds from the sale of the remaining special bull elk tag will go exclusively to the elk restoration program. The TWRF is partnering with Bill Swan, an active member of the Chattanooga Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), on the promotion and sale of the last elk tag.

More information concerning the hunt will be listed in the eBay auction. Search “Tennessee Elk Permit” on EBay to find the listing.

TWRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting habitat conservation, an ethic of land stewardship, and Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage for the benefit of TWRA and Tennessee's outdoor enthusiasts. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Big Game Quota Hunt Applications Accepted Through July 27

NASHVILLE --- The application period for all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) 2011 Big Game Quota Hunts is continuing through July 27, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Applications are available and will be accepted at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office, or online. Mailed applications will not be accepted. The application period began June 15. The applications must be received by midnight (CDT) on July 27.
Sportsmen are reminded to read the application form carefully, fill out all requested information, double-check the form, and take it to a license agent where it will be entered into the system. When applying at any TWRA license agent, there is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $10 permit fee for each drawing entered plus a $1 agent fee.
Hunters may also apply over the Internet at the TWRA website. There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. All other applicants, in addition to the $2 internet usage fee, will be charged a non-refundable permit fee of $10 per drawing entered. The $2 usage fee is collected by the company that maintains the Internet site. (It is not a fee that is charged by the TWRA.)
TWRA’s priority drawing system gives priority points (this year a maximum of 6 points) to hunters based on the number of years they have participated without being drawn for a hunt. Applicants who were successful last year will start over with a priority of zero.
When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information, such as hunt codes and their TWRA ID number on their receipt, is correct.