Hunters fill three tags
during second elk hunt
Three of five hunters recorded harvests during Tennessee’s second managed elk hunt, which concluded Friday, Oct. 22 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.
Hunters filled all five tags last year during the Volunteer State’s historic first managed elk hunt. All five hunters who participated in this year’s hunt either had shots or passed on shots during the 5-day season.
Jeffery Burdick of Oakdale had the honor of recording this year’s first elk harvest on Monday, Oct. 18. The bull field-dressed at 495 lbs. and was a 5x4 (the number of points per antler).
The second kill came on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Joseph E. McDonald of Clinton harvested a 3x3 bull, which field-dressed at 209 lbs.
The final harvest came on Thursday, when Gregory Joseph Burns of Clarksville killed the largest elk of this year’s hunt. The 5x5 bull field-dressed at 562 lbs. Burns had hunted with his bow the previous three days before using a rifle to harvest his elk on the fourth day of the hunt.
All three of the harvests came within the 12:30-4 p.m. time frame. During Tennessee’s inaugural elk hunt in 2009, three of the harvests came early on opening morning while the final two were during the late afternoon hours.
Five elk hunting zones — each about 8,000 acres in size — were selected on the Royal Blue Unit of the North Cumberland WMA. The division helps ensure the harvest was spread over the entire core of the elk zone. Each hunter was assigned a zone through a random hand-held drawing.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has worked to make habitat improvements at North Cumberland WMA. The first arrival of 50 elk came in Dec. 2000. Those were the first elk to roam Tennessee forests since the 1860s. Studies have proven that the elk herd is seeing an annual growth rate of 13-15 percent.
Cove Lake State Park
to host TWRA program
On Thursday, Nov. 4, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host a public meeting at the Cove Lake State Park Pavilion in Caryville. The purpose of this program is to present information about some of the management programs in Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Topics and presenters are as follows: North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area – Stan Stooksbury, Off Road Riding/ATV Use – Rusty Dunn, Tennessee Elk Herd – Steve Bennett, Musky Management – Jim Negus, and Clinch River Trout Management – Jim Habera.
The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and learn more about some of the agency’s programs that affect the many outdoor users who live in or visit this area of the state.