The John Sevier Hunter Education Center (JSHEC) is located on Rifle Range Road in North Central Knox County in the community of Halls Crossroads. It is a multi-use facility managed by the TWRA for the public. The center provides Hunter Education classes and has various firearm and archery ranges. A Range Safety Officer is present during all open hours.
2327 Rifle Range Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37918
Range Office and General Info: (865) 594-6279
Fax and Hunter Ed. Class Info: (865) 594-6280
Range Manager - Joe Everett
Range Technician - Dwight Burnette
JSHEC is closed the first full weekend of each month.
Pistol, rifle, and archery ranges are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-6:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM, and Sundays from 1:00-6:00 PM All pistol, rifle, and archery range users need to check in before 5:00 PM
Shotgun ranges are open on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-6:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday shotgun range shooters need to check in before 5:00 PM Shotgun ranges are open on Tuesday from 6:30-10:00 PM. Tuesday night shotgun shooters need to check in by 7:00 PM. The range charges $7.00 for every 25 targets used in addition to the $5.50 daily facility fee.
A valid drivers license, social security number, or TWRA ID are required to use the range regardless of age.
Kids under 16 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at least 21 years of age at all times.
There are two clubs located on-site that provide additional opportunities for archery and gun related programs: Smoky Mountain Archers and the Volunteer Rifle and Pistol Club.
Daily/Annual Fees Required To Use The Facility
Adults (16 and older) - $5.50 per 2 hrs or $101.00/year
Youths (15 and under) - $1.50 per 2 hrs or $26.00/year
Target distances on the rifle/pistol bench are 15 yards, 50 yards, and 100 yards.
The field day exam is only for those who have successfully completed an online class. Attendance to this Field Day requires pre-registration and confirmation.
Make sure to bring your "final report" to the field day event (see the student agenda). Each student is required to achieve a minimum of 75% on the on-line test and final test to pass.
Students must be at least 9 years old to enroll in a hunter education class. Participants need to bring a pencil and their Social Security Number to class. Classes are held on M, T, Th, and Friday. You must pre-register.
The boating course is given on the 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00-9:00 PM) at JSHEC. Please contact the range office at (865) 594-6279 with any questions. Please bring a Type 600 permit with you or arrive early to purchase the permit at the range office.
NRA has a "Basic Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course" for individuals interested in helping shooters maintain a safe environment while involved in the sport of shooting. A RSO oversees the safety and enforces the rules and regulations of an active range.
A home study course is available for current NRA Trainers or NRA Law Enforcement Instructors or a classroom course may be scheduled through a Chief RSO or check with us on next available course. You must be at least 21 to become a RSO.
Lead or assist in the teaching of Tennessee's Hunter Education Program. An application for becoming an instructor can be obtained from any TWRA Regional office. You must be at least 18 to become a Hunter Education Instructor.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a cooperative effort between the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), NRA and TWRA. This program is for elementary through high school age students and may be scheduled as an in-school program.
Please email or call Doug Bryant at (865) 925-4606 or call Mike Luethke at (865) 558-6097 for more information. You must be 18 to volunteer.