SHARPS CHAPEL – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host its annual youth squirrel hunt Saturday, December 16 at the Chuck Swan WMA in Union County. The free hunt is for children ages six to 16.
Hunters ages 13 to 16 years of age must possess appropriate hunting licenses and permits, and youth ages 10 to 16 years of age must have successfully completed a Hunter Education Class or possess an Apprentice Hunting License (Type 012).
Young hunters will be placed in groups with a guide, dog and dog handler. For safety, all guns used during the hunt will be provided by TWRA and will be carried by the guides. As opportunities arise, youth hunters will take turns shooting with a shotgun or rimfire rifle. A blaze orange hat is also recommended for each hunter.
All registered hunters will meet at 7 a.m. at the Chuck Swan WMA office. TWRA will provide pastries and coffee for breakfast, as well as a Dutch oven lunch following the hunt.
Only 30 slots are available, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, Dec. 6. To register a youth hunter or to volunteer as a guide with squirrel dogs, call TWRA I&E Coordinator Matt Cameron at (423) 522-2473 or email Matthew.Cameron@tn.gov. Chuck Swan WMA Manager Dustin McCubbins may be reached at (865) 300-4625.