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Monday Night Shoot-Out coming up in June

From staff reports • May 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Tri-Cities Friends of NRA will hold a Monday Night Shoot-Out event on June 5, beginning at 6 p.m., at Shooters Edge in Piney Flats.

Firearms, ammunition and targets will be provided along with food and prizes for the winning team. Cost is $100 per person.

Shooters will compete in teams of four using different firearms, calibers, distances and targets on each lane. Shooters can be paired up with others to create a team.

Shooters Edge is located at 413 Century Court in Piney Flats.

Friends of NRA is a 501c3 organization that raises money to support the future of shooting sports by funding grants for local firearm safety and education programs. To learn more, go online at friendsofnra.org.

For more information on the event or to register contact Josh Donihe at (423) 341-7454, Rev. Jay Mills at (423) 276-5045 or email jsdonihe@charter.net.

Going boating? Get that permit!

In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, which runs May 20-26, the Tri-Cities Boating Club is offering the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s two-day Safe Boating Course.

Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Northeast State Community College Library, Room L106. The TWRA exam to earn a Tennessee boat operators permit will be given at the conclusion of Thursday’s class. Individuals who pass the test will be issued the TWRA’s Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is required by the state of all boat and personal watercraft operators born after Jan 1, 1989.

The course covers: Your Boat, Getting Underway, Operating Your Boat Safely, Legal Requirements of Boating, Boating Emergencies — What To Do, Enjoying Water Sports With Your Boat. Contents are approved by the TWRA and NASBLA and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The class is free to the public, but to take the exam and receive an operator permit, participants must purchase ahead of time and bring to class the TWRA’s Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit. These can be purchased for $10 at any TWRA hunting/fishing license vendor.

To learn more, contact Clarke Lucas at (423) 538-4643.

HSAAP accepting fishing applications

Through June 1, Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport is accepting applications from the general public for a chance to fish the restricted section of the Holston River within the installation’s boundaries.

Four one-day fishing events are scheduled for June 24 and 25 and July 1 and 2. Individuals interested in fishing on HSAAP must apply for the opportunity and will be selected by a random drawing.

Applications are available online at holstonwildlife.webs.com or they may be requested by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Holston Army Ammunition Plant

Attn: Fishing Information

4509 West Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information, contact Bruce Cole, the HSAAP natural resources manager, at (423) 578-6276.

Also, last Monday, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation lifted a water contact advisory for the North Fork Holston River in Hawkins and Sullivan counties. The advisory had gone into effect on April 28 following the sewer line break in Weber City and possibly could have impacted the HSAAP fishing events.

Head to Warriors for National Trails Day

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 3 and Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport is celebrating it with the “Wahoo Hike.”

The 4-mile hike — which starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs, errr, hikes through 12:30 p.m. — offers nature discovery and local history along an official National Recreation Trail.

Participants should come dressed for the weather and for hiking over some rocky and uneven terrain and also should bring along water and a snack.

Meet at the park’s mountain bike trail parking lot.

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