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Deadline approaching for elk hunt

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The deadline to apply for participation in Tennessee’s third-ever managed elk hunt is approaching. Sportsmen have until midnight (CDT) on May 31 to submit their application to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The third elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21, 2011 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. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

As in the previous two hunts, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. Nonresident applicants will be restricted to no greater than 25 percent of the drawn permits. 

The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which this year is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The permit will be auctioned on eBay. 

The auction period will run July 14-23. Fund-raising proceeds are designated for the TWRA Elk Program.

There is no application fee for current Tennessee Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or 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).  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 hunt permit for 10 years following a successful draw.