For the Second Year, Three Record Harvest at Tennessee Elk Hunt

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Three hunters recorded harvests during Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt held Oct. 17-21 at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

It marks the second straight year that three of the five participants harvested an elk during the hunt. All five participants were Tennessee residents.
Richard Rutherford of Walland was the first person to harvest an elk in this year’s hunt. The weight was unavailable for the elk with a 5x4 rack size that was harvested on the first day.
The other two elk were taken on the third day of the hunt. Arthur Moreland of LaVernge, who was the successful bidder in the EBay permit offered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, harvested a 5x5 elk that weighed 532 pounds dressed. The third and final elk and the largest harvest this year was taken by Loudon resident Jody Moore. He harvested a 7x6 elk that field dressed at 620 pounds.
Since the historic first managed hunt in 2009, 11 elk have been harvested. All five participants recorded harvests in the inaugural hunt.
Five elk hunting zones were selected on the Royal Blue Unit of the North Cumberland WMA, each about 8,000 acres. 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 animals came in December 2000, the first elk to be in Tennessee since they were reported in Obion County in 1865. Studies have proven that the elk herd is seeing an annual growth rate of 13-15 percent.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Okay first I had read about


Okay first I had read about Oklahoma Elk results... and I didn't know Oklahoma even had an elk population... and now Tennessee.  I never knew there was an elk population there either.  According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency their state's herd population is now over 300 animals.  That is fantastic!  At a 15% growth rate they will have themselves a nice herd within another 10 years.

The way the tag system works is they put up 4 of the 5 tags for a draw system where all tags are for bulls only - no cows.  The 5th tag is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization, this year the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) is going to help raise funds for Tennessee’s elk program.  The tag was put on e-bay and was bid on.  I cannot readily find how much the tag sold for.

The draw system is the luck of the draw - no preference points.  If you win a draw you cannot re-enter the draw system for a period of 10 years.  Only 25% (or 1 tag for the past three years) is possible for an out-of-state or non-resident hunter.

11 total bulls have been harvested in the past three years - 5 the 1st year and three each of 2010 and this year.

So great job to TWRA in managing your state's elk herd and congrats to the three hunters who were able to harvest three nice bulls!



numbnutz's picture

That is just cool right

That is just cool right there. Congrats to all of the hunter who were able to hunt elk in Tennessee. I'm sure the draw odds on those tags are astronomical with only 5 tags being issued every year. 3 out of 5 harvesting elk is pretty darn good. Maybe I missed it in the article but the first year of 100% sucess rate and and this year was about 75% I didn't see the 2nd year thats what I missed. Those are some pretty good numbers. The elk reintroduction into Tennessee is a great story and it's nice to see there is a huntable population now. Even though it's a very small tag alotment. I remember reading up on the first hunt that they held so to me it's nice to see the elk population is growing every year and still able to support hunting. I'm sure the habitat is great and there are very few natural predators so they should be able to flourish in that state. I love reading and seeing sucessful stories like this. Again Congrats to all the hunters and to the three who were lucky enough to tag an elk.