High school sophomores and juniors should look into this exciting — and free — trip to Washington, D.C. The National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) is an opportunity for leadership training and a share of $55,000 in college scholarships, sponsored and paid for by the National Rifle Association. The two 2019 Y.E.S. sessions will be July 8-14 and July 22-28.
Y.E.S. encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about American government, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the importance of being active in civic affairs. Participants will enhance such academic skills as leadership, public speaking and debating. Tours of Arlington National Cemetery and other national monuments are included.
Up to 50 outstanding students will be chosen to attend each session. Applicants must include a high school transcript, an essay on the Second Amendment, one-page personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are being accepted now and the filing deadline is Jan. 25. To apply or for additional information on the 2019 Y.E.S. go to www.friendsofnra.org/yes, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-672-3888, ext.1351.
Annual Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 164): Costs $5 each year; no supplemental licenses are needed (waterfowl, and big game for gun, muzzleloader and archery); must pay fees for special licenses, WMA permits and quota hunt applications. Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman (Type 167): Costs $50 each year; no supplemental licenses are needed; no cost for non-quota hunt permits and quota hunt applications.
Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166): costs $50 one time only; no supplemental licenses are needed; must pay fees for special licenses, WMA permits and quota hunt applications.
Sandhill crane hunting statewide occurs Dec. 1 to Jan. 27. Hunting in the Southeast Crane Zone has a split season. The first segment is Dec. 1 to Jan. 17; the second is Jan. 21-27. Daily hours of hunting are a half-hour before sunrise until 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST. Hunters with statewide tags can hunt in the southeast zone, but not during the closed portion of the zone’s split season.
Sandhill crane hunting has taken place in other states for years. However, it has only been since 2013 that hunters have been allowed to pursue them in Tennessee in the southeast zone. As sandhill crane populations have increased, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has granted TWRA wider latitude to provide hunting tags. The agency is closely monitoring the crane harvest, while also requiring hunters to learn how to differentiate sandhill cranes from the rare and protected whooping cranes. For more on this season go to www.state.tn.us/twra/article/sandhill-crane.
Since 1990 RMEF and its partners completed 100 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Tennessee with a combined value of more than $2 million. These projects protected or enhanced 77,805 acres of habitat.
RMEF also assisted with the restoration of wild, free-ranging elk onto their historic Tennessee range in 2000 and subsequent years. Currently there are more than 400 elk in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, and they need more quality habitat and forage openings that will allow the population to grow.
Campbell County received 2018 funding for two projects near the Hatfield Knob elk viewing tower: First was the conversion of 40 acres of young forest habitat to meadow forage openings to help with an eight-mile wildlife habitat corridor southwest of the viewing tower. Second was funding for seeding, fertilizing and noxious weed treatments across 34 acres immediately adjacent to the viewing tower to enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.
Monroe County received RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) funding for Eco Days, a three-day camp in Tellico Plains for middle schoolers from across the county to learn about conservation, natural resources, forestry and wildlife while taking part in various outdoor activities.
Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, elknetwork.com or phone 800-CALL ELK.