2024 National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24; Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will participant in the 2024 National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season. This observance week is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most …

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Drowning Victim’s Body has been Found

According to the family, the body of the 17-year-old kayaker who fell into the Sequatchie River at the hydraulics area at Ketner’s Mill in Marion County was found on Tuesday afternoon. The family reported his name via social media as Devin Lane Kunkle. Those assisting in the recovery efforts were: Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County …

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Fatal Dirt Bike Crash at Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials say a man was found dead on Tuesday at Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. TWRA officers responded to the call around 2:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday. The TWRA says a motorcyclist riding a dirt bike on Prentice Cooper WMA came across the accident off Sulphur Branch Road. The TWRA says …

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Mass Water Rescue Conducted Monday Night at Nickajack Cave Wildlife Area

At 8:24 Monday night, Haletown Volunteer Fire Department, New Hope Fire, TWRA, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Nickajack Cave Wildlife Area for a mass water rescue. A tour group of 33 stranded kayakers, including children, had become stranded. High winds and choppy waters had formed ahead of last night’s storm. Puckett …

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Boating Education Class to be held in Jasper

Victory Baptist Church in Jasper will host a TWRA in-person boating education class on May 4, 2024, at 8:00 AM. Anyone born after 1/01/1989 is required to pass the test to operate a boat or jet ski. To be able to take the test, a person MUST have a type 600 permit before taking the …

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2024-25 Photo Contest

The March 29 deadline is approaching for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2024-25 photo contest, which will be published in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar and license cards. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos of fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee. As announced, this year’s contest …

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Over 150,000 Tennessee Deer Harvested during the 23-24 Season

The final numbers are in for Tennessee’s 2023-2024 deer hunting season. According to data shared by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), a whopping 152,738 deer were harvested this season. The numbers show that out of the thousands of deer harvested, 60% were male, and 40% were female.

TWRA Photo Contest

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is accepting photos for its 2024-25 calendar and license contest. The annual contest determines which wildlife photos will be featured in the agency’s next calendar and on license cards issued by the TWRA. Photographers can send in up to 10 of their favorite fishing, hunting, boating, and native wildlife …

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Be on the Lookout for Deer

It’s important to stay alert and take extra precautions in the fall, when deer are more active due to breeding season, called the rut. Rut times can vary, but generally, in our area, it is around mid-November to late November. Vehicle accidents involving deer can occur at any time of the year, but most accidents …

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2023 Labor Day Marks Final Major Summer Holiday Boating Weekend

The Labor Day holiday, Sept. 2-4, is the final major weekend of the 2023 summer boating season. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is emphasizing the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner. The TWRA wants all those who visit the waterways to have an enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will …

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