COPY-Tenn. elk hunt permit winners being announced

Associated Press - June 18, 2009 4:15 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Four winners of a drawing to participate in Tennessee's first managed elk hunt will be announced at Thursday's meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.

The agency said in a statement that almost 13,000 people entered the contest for the October hunt in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

A fifth permit will go to the highest bidder at a July charity auction for the nonprofit Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The money from that fundraiser will go toward restoring the elk population in the state.

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