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 Applications for elk hunt accepted April 1-May 31

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will accept applications from April 1 through May 31 for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt.

The hunt will be held October 17-21 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. There will be five elk hunting zones designated at the North Cumberland WMA.

Five people will be selected to participate in the hunt. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. 

The fifth participant will be the winner of a permit that is donated to a non-governmental organization, with the fund-raising proceeds designated to the TWRA Elk Program.

For persons planning to apply for the hunt, there is no application fee for current Tennessee Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). All other applicants will be charged a $10 non-refundable permit fee, a $2 Internet usage fee (if applying online) and 50 cent drawing fee (the Internet and drawing fees are charged by the Internet provider). For those applying at a license agent, there is a $1 agent fee in addition to the $10 non-refundable permit fee.

Hunters may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online. For more information on this special hunt, go to www.tnwildlife.org. Hunters may begin applying at 8 a.m. (CDT) on April 1. The deadline is midnight (CDT) on May 31.

The drawing is open to Tennessee residents and non-residents alike. However, no more than one permit may go to a non-resident hunter. Lifetime license holders that do not meet residency requirements will be considered nonresidents for purpose of the draw. No person may apply more than once. Youth hunters (ages 6-16) may apply but, if selected, must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old. A computer drawing will be held to determine the winning applications.

Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota permit for 10 years following a successful draw.


Hunters help protect wild turkey resource

Hunters play a vital role in managing and protecting the natural resources of the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Not only do hunters provide the funding for wildlife management through the purchase of hunting licenses and equipment, they also keep a watchful eye on poaching activities that are detrimental to wildlife. One common poaching problem across the state is hunting wild turkeys over corn or other types of bait.

As hunters are scouting prior to and during the hunting season, they should be on the lookout for baited areas or even individuals poaching before the season opens. Be on the lookout for blinds built before the season. Blinds may be constructed from brush, logs or other natural materials.  

Inspect the inside of the blind to see if the leaves are scraped away or packed down. This may be an indication that someone is hunting before the season opens.

If you find something that looks suspicious, report it to the TWRA. To report poaching activities in East Tennessee, call 1‑800‑831‑1174 from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

In addition to a reward offered by the TWRA, the Tennessee State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation also offers a reward of up to $300 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers. Information received is kept in the strictest confidence.