Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 03, 2013


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


News

Large Game Hunts in GA and AL

In addition to large game gun season opening in TN this week, neighboring states are also open to hunting with firearms. Georgia's large game gun season (deer and bear) opened on Oct. 19 and runs through Jan. 1. Alabama deer season opened Sat., Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 31.

Prentice Cooper S.F. Closed for Managed Deer Hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 5

A managed deer hunt will be held at Prentice Cooper State Forest, west of Hwy. 27, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. The area will be closed to all but licensed hunters. The area east of Hwy. 27, including Edwards Point, will be open to the public.

More Community Events 

Funkey Monkey Night Run Dec. 6
The Rhea Family YMCA will host this 5K and 1 mile walk to support their community fund on Fri., Dec. 6, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Dayton. 

Candy Cane Dash Dec. 7

The Candy Cane Dash will benefit East Hamilton School's PTA on Sat., Dec. 7. Registration starts at 9 a.m. 5K run begins at 10 a.m. 

South Cumberland State Park Plateau Walk Dec. 8

The Friends of South Cumberland State Park will host a 1.5 mile plateau walk on Sun., Dec. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST), beginning at the Greeter Falls parking lot. The hike leader is Emily Herman, of the Tennessee Naturalist Program. For more information email Margaret Matens

Family Hike at Cloudland Canyon Dec. 14

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a group hike on the West Rim Loop Trail of Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park on Sat., Dec. 14, beginning at 12 noon. The 4.8 mile loop runs around the edge of the canyon, with a couple of good climbs. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu.

Run, Run Rudolph 5K Dec. 14

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will benefit from the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, starting from Coolidge Park at 8 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 14. 

TBRA State Cyclocross Championships at Greenway Farm Dec. 14

The TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. will host the state cyclocross championships at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park in Hixson, on Sat., Dec. 14, with racing going on from 11 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. Expect lots of muddy, sandy, sweaty cycling, tumbling and running with bicycles. 

South Cumberland State Park Fiery Gizzard/Sycamore Falls Hike Dec. 15

The Friends of S. Cumberland State Park will host a 4-mile afternoon naturalist hike to focus on the winter animal habitats and geology of the Fiery Gizzard, Sycamore Falls areas. Led, by naturalist Jack Furman, the hike will be moderate in intensity and is appropriate for adults and kids ages 12 and older. For more information email Margaret Matens.  

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Dec. 16

The downtown Chattanooga YMCA will host the family, 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Mon., Dec. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Each registered jogger gets a jingly t-shirt. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

10 Things I Have Learned about Mountain Biking

Last Week's Web Hit

The TN Wildlife Resources Agency's interactive Hunting Guide is a comprehensive resource for everyone who wants to navigate hunting seasons.
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More Upcoming Events

December, 2013
21         Wauhatchie Trail Run

2014

January

22          Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge

March

April

12         Father/Son 5K

May

June

7          National Trails Day

August

9          Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28         Ironman Chattanooga

October

4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

December




Fish And Wildlife Service Conducts 5-Year Status Reviews Of 27 Southeastern Species

The Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally-protected species that will be getting a check-up.   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  ... (click for more)

Free Community Garden Workshop Offered At Crabtree Farms

Crabtree Farms is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Sustainable Practices to offer a free Community Garden Workshop atCrabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. in Chattanooga on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshop will include a number of speakers who are experts in their fields, and is aimed at anyone involved in ... (click for more)

Youth Pleads Guilty In 2011 Club Fathom Shootings; Rakestraw Gets 3 Years In Prison

A teen who was 15 at the time nine people were shot outside Club Fathom downtown on Christmas Eve 2011 pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Brandon Lebron Rakestraw, who is now 18, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. He received a three-year prison term to serve. Rakestraw has been in jail for 10 months. Prosecutor Jason Demastus ... (click for more)

Over 2,500 Athletes, Plus Thousands Of Fans And Supporters, Set For Chattanooga, North Georgia For Sunday's Ironman Event

Over 2,500 athletes, along with thousands more of fans and supporters, will be in Chattanooga and North Georgia for Sunday's Ironman competition. The competitors will first swim 2.4 miles in the Tennessee River before biking 112 miles (56 miles each way) and running a 26.2-mile (two and a half loops downtown, the Southside and the North Shore) marathon. The bicycle course ... (click for more)

Congrats To Super Citizen Helen Burns Sharp - And Response

Congratulations to super-citizen Helen Burns Sharp on both her initial IDB lawsuit and on Chancellor Fleenor's ruling.  Also, I wish her well on her current action. It's a shame that a private citizen such as Ms. Sharp has to invest so much time and money to keep a government agency honest.  Three cheers and thumbs up.  I thank her.  R.J. Johnson  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)