2014 Elk Hunt Participants Announced During August TFWC Meeting

Friday, August 29, 2014

The six people who will participate in the 2014 Tennessee Elk Hunts were announced during the committee meetings of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission being held at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. The TFWC met Thursday-Friday.

Four of the sportsmen were winners selected in a computer drawing conducted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The four Tennessee residents selected were Clay Oldham (Hartsville), Audie Lee Schrimsher (Maryville), Larry R. Dunn (Baxter), and Jimmy Dean Rogers (Jefferson City). TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief Darryl Ratajcak made the announcement of this year’s participants.

Those selected will participate in Tennessee’s sixth-ever managed elk hunt to be held Oct. 20-24 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. A total of 9,551 persons applied for this year’s hunt. The total is down from the 9,930 applications last year, but an increase from 2012’s of 6,111 applicants. The application period has concluded in July each of the past two years.

The fifth permit was donated to a Non-Governmental Organization which was the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The permit was auctioned on eBay in July. Shane Alexander, a former Tennessee resident who now resides in Montana, had the high bid of $9,788. Last year’s successful bid was $8,700. Fund-raising proceeds raised from the bid are designated for the TWRA Elk Program.

Following the elk hunt, the third Tennessee Young Sportsman Hunt will be held the weekend of Oct. 25-26. Robert L. Goodner , a 14-year old from Cleveland is the first boy that has been selected for the youth hunt. Both previous participants were girls who each had a harvest.

Last year, four of the five participants in the regular drawing had harvests. There have been a total of 22 elk harvests since the annual hunt began in 2009.


TWFC Commission Hears Extensive Responsive Management Report During June Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission heard an extensive report from Mark Duda, executive director of Responsive Management, at its June meeting Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Building. Duda, who is an internationally known analyst who specializes in wildlife/natural resources, covered several topics relative to today’s and future wildlife issues. ... (click for more)

DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA And USACE Announce Additional Resilient Lands And Waters Initiative Sites To Prepare Natural Resources For Climate Change

The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Wednesday recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country. Federal agencies will focus there on efforts with partners to conserve and restore ... (click for more)

President Of Realtor Association And Family Were Starting On Vacation When They Were Caught In Deadly Wreck

The president of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors was starting out on vacation with his wife, Tina, and their two children when they got caught up in last Thursday’s deadly crash along I-75.   Six people were killed and six others injured.   The Close family, including children ages six and 12, was able to escape injury.   They ... (click for more)

Athens, Tn., Doctor, Wife, Daughter Die In Crash Of Small Plane That Hit House Near Boston

An Athens,Tn., physician, his wife and college-age daughter died Sunday evening in the crash of a small plane that struck a house 30 miles southwest of Boston on Sunday evening. The victims were Dr. Joseph Rick Kalister, the emergency room director at Starr Regional Medical Center's Athens campus, wife, Betty, and their daughter. The doctor and his wife were en route for a ... (click for more)

Six Commissioners Owe Us An Explanation - And Response (2)

Two-thirds of the Hamilton County Commission owe us an explanation as to why they feel it appropriate to take $900,000 of our money out of savings to spend on whatever suits their fancy, oversight be darned.  Those six commissioners are: Randy Fairbanks (D-1), Jim Fields (D-2), Warren Mackey (D-4), Sabrena Turner-Smedley (D-7), Tim Boyd (D-8), and Chester Bankston (D-9).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Murray’s Great Note

In the last several days I have received hundreds of emails after I took a stand for General Nathan Beford Forrest, the South’s rich history, and the indelible fact the War Between The States is still a big part of who were are and what we have become. For the record, as of late yesterday afternoon, I have not heard from one dissenter, although I know there are some who I believe ... (click for more)