The application period for Tennessee’s 2013 elk hunt will be June 12 through July 24, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced. This year’s application period, which also includes the youth hunt application period, will be held concurrently with the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and WMA Youth quota period.
Tennessee’s fifth elk hunt is scheduled to be held Oct. 21-25, at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, off I-75, north of Knoxville. There will again be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.
Previously, the application period for the elk hunts was held April 1 through May 31 each year.
Customers who are interested in applying for both the WMA quota hunt and elk quota hunt will have to submit two applications, one for each. The computer drawings will be handled separately. The rules and regulations for each quota hunt will remain the same.
As in the previous hunts, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through the 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 will be announced at a later date.
When the application period begins, persons may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.tnelkhunt.org. The deadline is midnight (CDT) on July 24. Mailed applications will not be accepted.
This will be the second year for the Young Sportsman Elk Hunt. After completing the regular elk hunt draw, a special computerized youth drawing will take place for resident applicants who will be between the ages of 13-16 on the opening day of the elk hunt. The lucky recipient will be awarded the special youth elk tag. The dates of the youth hunt will be Oct. 26-27, and the participant would be able to hunt on any of the five elk hunting zones designated at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. A youth entering the draw must select the regular elk hunt or youth elk hunt.