Elk hunt winners to be announced at June commission meeting

NASHVILLE, Tn (TWRA) - The four winners selected to participate in Tennessee's first managed elk hunt will be announced during the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. The TWRC will meet June 17-18 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building in Nashville.

The total number of applicants reached almost 13,000 for the elk hunt scheduled Oct. 19-23 at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. A computer drawing will decide the participants. In addition to the announcements of the winners, plans will also be discussed for the hunt.   The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization which this year is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The TWRF will auction its permit in July as part of a fund-raising project benefiting future elk restoration in Tennessee.

A new rule concerning the apprentice hunting license will be voted upon. The apprentice hunting license is required for all hunters age 10 years or older who have not completed the mandatory hunter education course. Currently, the rule has the license running with the license year, March through the end of the February. The new new rule will have the license expiring one year from the date of purchase. The apprentice hunting license can only be purchased once in a hunter's lifetime.

State Malacologist Don Hubbs and TWRA Region II Habitat Biologist, David Sims, will present a historical perspective and current status of the commercial mussel fishery primarily on Kentucky Lake, and the Agency's efforts to conserve and restore native mussels.

The TWRC meeting begins at 1 p.m. on June 17 and starts at 9 a.m. on June 18. The public is invited to attend.