The second managed elk hunt in Tennessee is now underway, as five individuals will be seeking a trophy at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The hunters will have an opportunity to harvest an elk from Oct. 18-22.
Four persons won the right to participate as a result of a computer drawing held in June. The participants for this year’s hunt are Jeffrey M. Burdick of Oakdale, Gregory Joseph Burns of Clarksville, Michael Duane Galloway of Corryton and Joseph Edward McDonald, Jr. of Clinton.
The winners were announced at a meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.
The fifth participant is the recipient of a permit that was auctioned by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at its national convention. Randy Hoisington of Blocksburg, Calif., bid $11,000 to participate in the hunt. Proceeds from the bid are part of a fund-raising project benefitting future elk restoration in Tennessee as well as enhancing elk habitat.
For the hunt, five zones on the Royal Blue section of the North Cumberland WMA have been selected, each about 8,000 acres. The division helps ensure the harvest is spread over the entire core of the elk zone. Each hunter has been assigned a zone through a random hand-held drawing. Studies have proven that the elk herd is seeing an annual growth rate of 13-15 percent. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has worked to make habitat improvements at North Cumberland WMA to aid the elk in adapting to their new home since the first arrival of 50 animals in Dec. 2000.
During last year’s inaugural hunt, all five hunters harvested an elk. Chuck Flynn of Blount County was credited with recording the first elk harvest in Tennessee in more than 150 years.