The participants in the 2019 Tennessee elk hunt will be announced during the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The meeting will be held (Aug. 15-16 Thursday-Friday) at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Committee meetings begin at 2 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, while the regular meeting starts at 9 a.m., Friday.
Winners of the 14 drawn permits to hunt elk on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area or private lands within the Elk Restoration Zone will be announced on Friday morning. This will include seven quota permits for the archery only hunt, one youth permit, and six permits where participants will have the option to use archery, gun, or muzzleloader.
One additional permit is donated to a non-governmental organization. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation conducted an online raffle with the proceeds benefitting the agency's elk management program. Details of this year’s raffle and the grand prize winners, along with other prize winners will be announced by the foundation’s executive director, Joey Woodard.
A summary of the August handheld duck blind drawings will be presented. The format for this year’s drawing changed Also, a recap of recently-held public listening sessions will be given.
A preview of proposed changes to the sport fishing and bait proclamations will be made. In addition, the changes requested by the Commercial Fisheries Advisory Committee
The TWRA’s Biodiversity Division will give an update. To remain in compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Agreement and to avoid state audit findings, the Biodiversity Division must review the State Threatened and Endangered Species list every two years. The list is scheduled to be reviewed in November 2019.
An overview of quarterly activities will be given by the Outreach and Communications Division. This will include marketing and outreach, a review of license sales to date, new tactics for reaching out to lapsed license holders, and geo-fencing locations to target those likely to hunt and fish.