TWRA dedicates firing range

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recently held a dedication to officially open the newly constructed public firing range at the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area.

The range, located near the Genesis Checking Station on Highway 298, was constructed with sportsmens’ license dollars through support and cooperation from the Tennessee State Legislature spearheaded by District 38, State Representative, Kelly T. Keisling of Byrdstown.  

"State Legislators wanted TWRA to build the public range to benefit the State's sporting community by providing a safe and accessible place  to enjoy shooting sports," said John Mayer, TWRA Region III Manager. "Wildlife Managers created a plan and the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area staff, and the Region III Heavy Equipment Crew constructed the four lane ADA compliant range in less than a year," Mayer added.

The range is open year-around during day light hours except during the deer archery hunt and features covered shooting benches and 25, 50 and 100 yard target holders.  The new range will replace the 20 plus year-old single lane sight-in ranges at Genesis and Peavine Checking stations.

Catoosa Wildlife management area is one of the oldest wildlife management areas in Tennessee and is comprised of more than 80,000 acres in Cumberland and Morgan Counties.  The Obed National Scenic River runs through the area, known for a quality deer management program and an abundance of wild turkey.

Genesis Shooting Range Rules are as follows;

1. Range open during daylight hours only.

2. Use/possession/being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited. 

3. All firearms must be pointed in a safe direction at all times.  All firearms should be treated as if they are loaded. No loaded firearms beyond firing line.

4. Remove your own brass, shotgun hulls and other trash. 

5. No Fully automatic firearms no bump firing, and no rapid fire.  Must have 2/3 seconds between rounds fired.

6. Rounds should be fired at target stand in front of your position.  Cross firing at targets is prohibited.

7. All rounds fired must strike the berm.

8. Remove your targets upon completion of your visit.

9. Shotgun slugs may be fired. No buckshot.

10. Tracer, armor piercing, and steel core ammunition are prohibited.

11. Only use provided target stands.

12. Leave the plastic backer boards for others to use.  

13. Use only approved targets; they include single sheet paper and sticker targets. Use of any other material is not allowed.

14. 50 caliber or larger center fire weapons are prohibited.

 *Common unapproved targets include:  Cardboard, drink bottles, food containers, spinner targets, shotgun hulls, clay pigeons and food material (fruit and vegetables).  Use of these and other unapproved materials will cause you to be expelled from range. 


TWRA Native mobile app available 


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has unveiled a new native (downloadable) mobile app that will allow sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts to take along the latest agency info whenever they are on the go.

The native mobile app is accessible at the Apple App Store. It will be launched on Android in Google Play very soon.

Some of the features of the new app will include:

-Follow all of the TWRA’s latest news through the mobile news feed.

-Fingertip access to Tennessee’s Hunting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, and Boating guides.

-Purchase licenses, renew boat registrations, report, and see harvests online.

-Always know when sunrise and sunset is in your neck of the woods.

-Find a WMA, check stations, Hunters for the Hungry processors, fishing spots, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing areas near you (and even get directions).

-Upload your favorite trophy photos to the TWRA’s online Trophy Room.

-Keep a hunter’s diary to remember your special moments in the woods and access your harvest log anytime.

-Catch the latest fishing reports and identify your fish with TWRA’s Fish Identification Guide.

-Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife.

-Browse through wild game and fish recipes.

-Stay connected to the TWRA through social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

More information is available on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org. The new mobile native app is created in collaboration with One-Click Outdoors (www.1clickoutdoors.com).


TWRA offers advice for online harvest reporting issues


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides several methods for hunters to report their big game harvests. Recently some hunters have reported problems when using their personal computer to report a harvest. TWRA is offering the following instructions for those persons experiencing time-out issues when accessing the TWRA’s online harvest reporting system. 

In most cases, the issues are connected to the internet browser on your computer and can be resolved by following the steps below. (The specific instructions are based on Internet Explorer because it is the State of Tennessee standard). However, if a different browser is utilized such as Firefox or Chrome, the persons will need to accomplish the same task, but will need to refer to specific instructions posted on those manufacturer websites. 

1) Select “Tools”

2) Select “Internet Options”

3) Delete all cookies and temporary internet files

4) Open a new browser tab and manually type in GOTWRA.ORG (do not use the saved link from a previous session)

Sportsmen are reminded that big game harvests can also be checked in on the TWRA mobile app from a smart phone or tablet and in person at a traditional check station. All bear harvests must be taken to an official TWRA checking station.