Not even Sandy could get these guns
Be patient with Henry Repeating Arms Company. The very popular firearms manufacturer, known for its fine all-American rifles, is located on the New Jersey waterfront town of Bayonne and its facility suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. As Henry’s president/owner Anthony Imperato stated, “We took one on the chin, but our great employees will get us through this and soon have us back on our feet.”
Presently without electricity, telephone and email service, Henry has asked its distributors, dealers and customers to refrain from attempting to contact them, nor ship any firearms to the Bayonne facility, until the company notifies them that they are once again operational. It should not be long. Imperato feels that production can resume one week after electrical power is restored. Henry has a second facility in Rice Lake, Wisc.
• The gun deer season is here, beginning on Nov. 17 and going uninterrupted until Jan. 6, one week longer than last year. The big game units A, B and L have the same dates. The statewide annual limit on bucks is one per day for a total of three, all seasons combined. The antlerless deer limits vary: Unit L is three per day; Units A and B vary according to the non-quota county list on page 26 of the 2012-13 hunting guide; county antlerless limits may be added together.
• Black bear season continues with a hunt Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) – Nov. 25 for all weapons but no dogs for all of the listed counties: Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of Hwy. 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (east of Hwy. 11, north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. These same counties are open Nov. 29 – Dec. 12 for all weapons and with dogs.
Monroe and Polk (east of Hwy. 411, north of Hwy. 64) counties will be open on Dec. 29 – Jan. 1 for all weapons and with dogs. New this year: All counties except Monroe and Polk will be open Dec. 13-23 for all weapons and with dogs.
“All weapons” mean guns, muzzleloaders and archery. The bag limit is one bear either-sex (not accompanied by cubs) per person per year.
• Here is a way for you to help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency better manage our small game. Sign up for the Avid Hunter Survey (formally called the Small Game Survey). It’s easy. Hunters of ruffed grouse, rabbit, quail, and woodcock just keep track of their trips this season, and send in the details next year. The TWRA will furnish the postage-paid cards to be mailed at the end of the season, and in appreciation they will award a special hat and a copy of the annual report.
To get your survey card, write to: Avid Hunter Survey, Attn. Roger Applegate, TWRA, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204; or email (email@example.com)
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