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Holston Army Ammunition Plant sets deer hunting schedule

STAFF REPORT • Jul 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM

KINGSPORT — Holston Army Ammunition Plant (HSAAP) is now accepting applications for five archery-only white-tailed deer hunts to be held on the installation during the upcoming hunting season.

Due to continued low deer numbers, the majority of areas on the installation in which gun hunting is allowed will be closed. As a result, all of this year’s drawn hunts will be archery-only.

HSAAP will implement the “Earn a Buck” program again this year, and hunters who are chosen for any of this year’s hunts will be required to harvest and check in a mature doe before being allowed to harvest a buck.

Once a hunter has checked in a mature doe, he or she will be issued a buck permit and allowed to hunt a buck during the remainder of the hunt.

Any hunter who harvests a mature doe on any of this year’s hunts and fails to kill a buck during the remainder of the hunt will automatically receive a special permit for a one-day buck hunt that will be held on the first weekend of the rifle season of the next year in which HSAAP holds hunts.

For those hunters who earn a buck permit, only bucks having at least 8 points may legally be harvested at HSAAP.

Applications must be received by July 28 in order to be considered in the drawing for this year’s hunts.

Individuals interested in obtaining an application may call the HSAAP hunting and fishing information line at (423) 578-6291 for recorded details about where applications are available in the Tri-Cities area.

Applications are also available online at www.holstonwildlife.webs.com, or they may be requested by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Holston Army Ammunition Plant Attn: Deer Hunt Information, 4509 West Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN, 37660.