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Application deadline for state elk hunt is May 31

The deadline to apply for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt is approaching. Sportsmen have until midnight (CDT) on May 31 to submit their application to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

The elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Campbell, Scott, Anderson and Morgan counties. Once again, there will be five elk hunting zones designated.

Persons may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.tnelkhunt.org. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

As in the previous two hunts, five hunters will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. Nonresident applicants will be restricted to no greater than 25 percent of the drawn permits. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a non-governmental organization, which, this year, is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The permit will be auctioned on eBay. The auction period will run July 14-23. Fundraising proceeds are designated for the TWRA Elk Program.

There is no application fee for current Tennessee Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders or Annual Senior Citizen Permit holders (Type 167). All other applicants will be charged a $10 non-refundable permit fee and $2 Internet usage fee (if applying online). For those applying at a license agent, there is a $1 agent fee in addition to the $10 non-refundable permit fee.

The successful applicants will be announced at the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota hunt permit for 10 years following a successful draw.


Make this boating season a safe one

Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of the boating season in Tennessee. For many people, this will be the first time to have their boat in the water. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) urges all boaters to take a few extra minutes to review the basics, which may be the key to having a fun, safe day on the water.

The TWRA wants to remind all boaters to:

·Have a wearable life jacket for every person onboard.

·On boats 16 feet or longer, there must also be a type IV throwable device onboard.

·Have onboard a fire extinguisher for boats with enclosed fuel compartments or cabins.

·Anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times while the boat is underway. Drifting is considered underway.

·Any boat/personal watercraft operator born after Jan. 1, 1989 must have the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate if operating alone.

·Keep alcohol to a minimum. Choose a designated boat operator.

·Make sure the boat/personal watercraft registration is current and onboard.

For all information about safe boating in Tennessee log on to www.tnwildlife.org.