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The TWRA is cracking down on boating violations.

With the peak summer boating season underway — and amid an increase in boating accidents across the state — the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency continues its crackdown on violations, especially Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

In Tennessee, it is illegal to operate a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08% or above, just the same as it is to operate a motor vehicle on the highway.

Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and loss of boating privileges.

Boaters are reminded the hot sun, wind and motion of the boat may intensify the effects of alcohol.

Elk deadline nears

The deadline for applying for the 13th annual elk hunt and other big-game quota hunts is Friday, July 23.

This fall’s elk hunt will have seven permits for the gun segment, seven for the archery hunt and one for the youth hunt.

Applications can be submitted at TWRA license outlets or online at www.gooutdoorstennessee.com.

Detailed information about the hunts is posted on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org.

Conservation Raffle

Tickets are on sale for the Tennessee Conservation Raffle, which last year generated over $1 million ($1,146,560) for the TWRA’s wildlife habitat management and conservation efforts.

The raffle is conducted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, which partners with the TWRA in various conservation causes.

This year’s top prize is $50,000 toward the purchase of any Ford vehicle. Other choice prizes include deer, waterfowl and turkey hunting packages and a $5,000 “outdoor adventure” package, plus 100 other prizes.

A single ticket costs $20, two cost $30 and 10 cost $100. They can be purchased on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation website.

The drawings will be held Aug. 17.

Calendar contest

Entries are being accepted for the annual Tennessee Wildlife calendar competition. Photos must be of Tennessee wildlife, flora, natural scenes and settings.

The deadline is Sept. 30. For details, visit www.tnwildlife.org.

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