Tennessee holding first ever managed elk hunt

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will accept applications from April 1 through May 31, 2009 for participation in Tennessee's first-ever managed elk hunt.   The elk hunt will be held October 19-23 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off I-75, north of Knoxville. There will be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.   Five individuals will be selected to participate in the hunt. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the fund-raising proceeds designated to the TWRA Elk Program.   There is no application fee for current Tennessee Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with 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) and $0.50 drawing fee (the internet and drawing fees are charged by the internet provider). For those applying at a license agent, there is a $1 agent fee in addition to the $10 non-refundable permit fee.   Persons may apply at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at www.tnelkhunt.org. Persons may begin applying at 8 a.m. (CDT) on April 1 and the deadline is midnight (CDT) on May 31. Mailed applications will not be accepted.   The successful applicants will be announced at the June (18) meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota permit for 10 years following a successful draw.