This year, Cherokee Rod & Gun Club will hold military rifle and handgun target matches for both modern and vintage firearms.
The first competitions of the year will be held on St. Patrick's Day - March 17. The Saturday event will be held at the club's lower rifle and pistol range.
The Modern Military Rifle match will begin at 9 a.m. with the Modern Military Pistol match moving to the firing line at 11 a.m. Vintage Military Rifle will follow at 1 p.m. with Vintage Military Pistol to begin at 3 p.m.
Shooters should arrive at the range a half-hour early to register and get set up.
Firearms for the vintage military matches are rifles and pistols in centerfire calibers, either originals or replicas, adopted for use by any Army, Navy or other military service prior to 1948 in as-issued condition. Modern military arms are those adopted in 1948 or later. Firearms must be service-grade firearms and not target or sniper arms.
Ammunition must be of the correct caliber, safe to fire and inert. Tracer, incendiary and exploding projectiles are prohibited, as are sabots. Handloads are fine, as are soft-point and hollow-point bullets.
All matches are fired from the standing offhand position, 10 shots in 10 minutes, with three targets totaling 30 shots fired in each match. Rifle matches are fired at 100 yards on bull's-eye targets; pistols are fired at 25 yards on bull's-eyes. Up to three supervised fouling shots per match will be allowed.
Entry fee is $5 per match for adults. Juniors shoot free. M-1 rifles and carbines may be rented for $5 per match. Ammunition is available for them at reasonable club rates.
Appropriate eye and ear protection is required of all shooters.
Additional matches will be held on April 21, May 19, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
For more information, contact Jerry Paregien at (423) 288-5716.
Chad Waddell and Rodney Craddock boated 23.53 pounds of bass to win the Virginia Division 1 BAIT tournament held Feb. 25 on Douglas Lake.
A field of 55 anglers turned out for the tournament in spite of the nasty weather forecast.
Waddell and Craddock's livewell also held a 4.53-pound smallmouth that was the biggest bronzeback of the tourney.
Charlie Rasch and Bucky Molter came in second with 16.78 pounds while Wayne Coppage and Darby Dye finished third with 15.13 pounds - boosted by a 7.84-pound largemouth that was the biggest fish of the event.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency fisheries biologist John Hammonds will be the guest speaker at this month's meeting of the Boone Lake Chapter of Bass Unlimited.
The meeting will be held Friday at Partner's Restaurant in Piney Flats. Dinner is set for 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7.
Hammonds is the agency's biologist for Boone, Watauga and South Holston lakes. He will be on hand to discuss the state of the fishery in these reservoirs.
The general public is invited to attend.
Marge Davis, coordinator of Pride of Place and the Tennessee Bottle Bill project, will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of the Overmountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The meeting will be held Thursday at Sunny's Cafeteria in Johnson City on the corner of Spring Street and Cherry Street.
Dutch treat dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a short business meeting at 7 p.m. and the program set to follow at 7:15 p.m. Interested members of the general public are invited to attend.
A federal judge sentenced country musician Troy Gentry to three months of probation and a $15,000 fine for killing a captive black bear named Cubby in a fenced enclosure, then trying to pass off the animal as a wild bear shot during an authentic bow hunt.
Gentry pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in November as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, forfeiting his bear and the bow used during the hunt. He also lost his Minnesota hunting privileges for the next five years.