Auction for last permit to participate in elk hunt underway

NASHVILLE, Tn (TWRA) - The auction period for the final permit to participate in Tennessee's first-ever managed elk hunt is now underway and will continue until July 25.

The successful bidder will join four Tennessee residents who had their names selected in a computer drawing from almost 13,000 entries for the hunt scheduled Oct. 19-23 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Area.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) is the first recipient of the donated special take permit that was issued for the historical hunt.

The TWRF will award its permit to the successful high bidder through an auction on eBay. More detailed information about the elk tag eBay auction and the TWRF, can be found at

The participants who were drawn earlier to participate in the hunt were Craig Gardner, of Parrotsville, Charles Ray Flynn of Rockford, Ronald L. Woodard, of Oak Ridge, and Jeffrey L. Moses, of Cleveland. The four winners were announced during the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.

All proceeds from the sale of the remaining special bull elk tag will go exclusively to the elk restoration program. The TWRF is partnering with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Safari Club International (SCI), and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF), on the promotion of the last elk tag.

The five hunters will be invited to attend an elk camp complete with wall tents, campfires, meals, and entertainment. The elk camp will be held at the property of Terry Lewis near the NorthCumberlandWMAElkViewingTower. Sponsors for the event include TWRF, TWRA, TWF, RMEF, and Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association (CORA).

TWRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting habitat conservation, an ethic of land stewardship, and Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage for the benefit of TWRA and Tennessee's outdoor enthusiasts.