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Larry Woody • Jun 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM

BUI violations up: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers issued 21 Boating Under the Influence (BUI) citations during the Memorial Day weekend, up 12 from the previous year's summer-kickoff holiday.

Those citations were among 447 issued for various boating violations. Officers also issued 410 warnings for lesser violations. They checked a total of 9,065 boats state-wide.

As area lakes become more congested, boating safety becomes more important. Enforcing the BUI law is a point of emphasis. Boating under the influence carries similar penalties as operating a vehicle on the highway while impaired.

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Firewood warning: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a reminder to campers that they are not allowed to bring firewood into parks and other camping areas from outside sources.

The rule is intended to curtail the spread of insects that can devastate woodlands. In some camping areas firewood can be collected around the campsite.

In other areas firewood is for sale on or around the camping area. Call or check individual parks' websites for details.

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Free Fishing Week: Tennessee's annual Free Fishing Week runs June 11-18. Youngsters 15 and under can fish in any public water without a license.

All other regulations apply, including creel and size limits.

For information about license requirements during the rest of the year visit tnwildlife.org or consult the Tennessee Fishing Guide, available at most outdoors outlets.

One license that was inadvertently omitted from the Fishing Guide is a new Senior License that covers most fishing in public waters. It can be purchased on-line or at TWRA license dealers.

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Squirrel season ends: Tennessee's spring squirrel season ended June 12. The traditional fall season opens in late August.

The season is open year-round on groundhogs, beaver, coyotes, armadillos and skunks.

See the Tennessee Hunting Guide or visit tnwildlif.org for details on hunting seasons and regulations.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

June 12: spring squirrel season ends

June 12-18: Free Fishing Week

June 15: WMA quota hunt applications

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