Tennessee WRC Considering a Youth Elk Tag for Special Hunt

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has announced its intention to provide an extra tag for youth only at the 2012 elk hunt at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, said if implemented, the youth tag would be in addition to the four tags that would be drawn and the tag that has been donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). There would now be a total of six tags available for the special season. The youth tag would be for Tennessee resident youth only between the ages of 13-16.

The one tag would be for a hunt to be held at North Cumberland WMA on the weekend of Oct. 20-21 which would follow the Fourth Annual Elk Hunt set for Oct. 15-19. All five elk hunting zones would be available for the youth hunter giving the juvenile access to approximately 40,000 acres for the elk hunt.

The general elk hunt has been and will continue to be open to all applicants regardless of age or residency.

Due to a big game gun season being held, all deer archery hunters on the WMA would be required to follow the blaze orange requirements. This would apply only to the WMA elk hunting zones while a gun season is underway and not the entire WMA.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking comments concerning the proposed hunt to be presented to the TWRC. Comments may be sent to TWRA Big Program Coordinator Chuck Yoest at chuck.yoest@tn.gov or by mail to Chuck Yoest, Wildlife Division, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.

Comments must be received prior to Feb. 8 so they can be presented at the next TWRC meeting.