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Elk hunt permit auctioned on eBay

The final permit for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt will go to the successful bidder in an eBay auction that ends on Saturday, July 23. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the state’s elk restoration program.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) donated a permit to The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF).

The TWRF will award its permit to the successful high bidder through the eBay auction. The successful bidder will participate in the hunt, along with Richard R. Rutherford of Walland, Terrell S. Holt of Columbia, John Mark Alston of Knoxville and Jody A. Moore of Loudon, who were all announced as winners of a drawing at the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.

The 2011 Tennessee Elk Hunt will be held Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 21 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in East Tennessee. The North Cumberland WMA will be divided into five elk hunting zones. Each hunter will be designated an elk hunting zone in a drawing to be conducted at a later date.

All proceeds from the sale of the remaining special bull elk tag will go exclusively to the elk restoration program. The TWRF is partnering with Bill Swan, an active member of the Chattanooga Chapter of Safari Club International, on the promotion and sale of the last elk tag.

More information concerning the hunt will be listed in the eBay auction. Search “Tennessee Elk Permit” on eBay to find the listing.

The TWRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting habitat conservation, an ethic of land stewardship, and Tennessee’s hunting and fishing heritage for the benefit of TWRA and Tennessee’s outdoor enthusiasts. 


Youth Hunter Education Challenge set for Knox

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s John Sevier Hunter Education Center will be the site for the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge on August 6, 2011.

Youths must be 9 to 18 years old in order to participate. The event is free of charge. Youths must pre-register for the event. Contact Bill Huff for a registration form.

To participate or volunteer for the event, contact Bill Huff 865-922-4348 or 865-274-3476. More information about the program is also available at www.nrayhec.org.

Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, YHEC is the NRA’s “graduate studies” program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Open only to those who have completed hunter-safety training at the state or provincial level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s skills.

From rifle, bow and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets to wildlife identification to map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, which gives them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.

State and provincial-level YHEC programs hosted by volunteer instructors draw an estimated 50,000 youths each year. 

Top-ranked individuals advance to the annual NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, which is the pinnacle of the program. Since its inception in 1985, YHEC has reached more than a million young sportsmen.