During its recent monthly meeting, the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission was given an update on the state’s quail-restoration efforts, including radio-tagging some birds to track their movements.

A similar program involving tagging turkeys is also underway.

In the past decades, wild quail virtually vanished in many areas of the state, and biologists don’t know why. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency devoted considerable effort and funding into various projects to determine the causes and come up with solutions, but so far with little success.

BUI arrests: TWRA officers made 21 boating under the influence arrests during the July 4 weekend as part of a continued crackdown.

Six serious boating injuries were reported, along with several other minor accidents.

Elk hunt applications: The TWRA is taking applications for the 13th-annual elk hunt and other big-game quota hunts.

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

The deadline for applying is July 23.

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

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

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

The deadline is Sept. 10. For details, visit tnwildlife.org.

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