Tennessee Elk Hunt Applications Now Available

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The application period to participate in Tennessee's second-ever managed elk hunt is now underway. The application period began at 8 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday, April 1 and will continue through May 31, 2010.

The second elk hunt will be held Oct. 18-22, 2010 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off I-75, north of Knoxville. Once again, there will be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.

Persons may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.tnelkhunt.org. The deadline is midnight (CDT) on May 31. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

As in the first hunt, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) which this year will be the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Fund-raising proceeds are designated to the TWRA Elk Program.

In the inaugural hunt, all five participants harvested an elk. Four came on the opening day of 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 $0.50 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.

The successful applicants will be announced at the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota permit for 10 years following a successful draw.