Get ready for day the sun stands still
By Tom Wiest | (email@example.com)
The summer solstice occurs at 1:04 a.m. EDT on June 21. In older days it was called midsummer; now we call it the first day of summer. The sun will stand still (solstice) in its daily progress northward in the sky and then begin moving southward.
This day has the longest period of daylight of the year. For this latitude and longitude the sun will rise at 6:20 a.m. and it will be on the northeastern horizon; it will set at 8:55 p.m. on the northwestern horizon.
• Beginning this year, the application period for all of the big game lottery drawings will take place simultaneously from June 12 to July 24.
The fifth annual Tennessee elk hunt is scheduled for Oct. 21-25. Five bull licenses have been approved again for the regular 2013 season, plus one post-season license for the second annual Young Sportsman Elk Hunt. As usual the elk hunts will be held in the Royal Blue section of North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.
The youth license is for residents ages 13-16 years. The winning young hunter will get to hunt on all five zones of the elk hunting area on the weekend after the regular hunt, Oct. 26-27. The youth applicants must specify which drawing they want to be in, the youth hunt or the regular hunt.
Four of the regular season tags will be chosen by the computerized drawing and the youth tag will be chosen afterwards in a second drawing. One elk tag will be given to a non-governmental organization (to be named later) to be auctioned; the proceeds will go to the TWRA Elk Program.
The non-refundable application fee for most people is $10; additional fees include a $2 Internet usage fee (if applying online) and $0.50 drawing fee (the Internet and drawing fees are charged by the Internet provider). For those applying at a license agency, there is a $1 agent fee.
There is no application fee for Tennessee Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). All other applicants will be charged the $10 non-refundable fee.
Mailed applications will not be accepted. Persons may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at http://www.tnelkhunt.org . The successful applicants will be announced in August.
• Applications for the 2013 big game quota hunts on the wildlife management areas are available now at license agencies and online at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website, http://www.tnwildlife.org . As above the filing period runs through July 24.
Remember that the $20 refundable filing fee has been replaced with a $10 non-refundable permit fee.
There are two ways to file your application. Fill out the form but do not mail it in. Take it to a license agency and they will collect the $10 permit fee for each application, plus a $1 agent’s fee; or, file online and pay a $10 permit fee plus a $2 Internet agent’s fee.
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