Friday, April 3, 2009

Two Historic Events with a Great Future Ahead.

December 2000, 50 elk were released into the Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee marking a historic return of the elk to Tennessee's landscape. This year a second historic event will take place making the Elk Restoration Program a large success. This year 5 lucky applicants will be drawn to participate in an elk hunt in the Cumberland Mountains scheduled to take place on October 19th - 23rd. Tennessee residents and non- residents of Tennessee may apply for the Elk hunt either by Tennessee license agents or online at Tennessee wildlife Resource Agencies home page found at http://www.tnwildlife.org. or at http://www.tnelkhunt.org. Young adults ( under 16 years of age ) may also apply for the elk hunt but must be accompanied by an adult non-hunting companion 21 years or older. The fee for the application is $10.00 non-refundable regardless whether drawn or not plus all other hunting licenses applicable. All permits are non- transferable and no refunds will be made to anyone issued a permit. Of the 5 permits to be drawn for the elk hunt, 1 will be donated by a NGO ( Non- Governmental Organization ) with the proceeds designated to the TWRA ELK Program. Non-resident applicants will be restricted to no greater then 25 percent of the drawn permits. Photos of the Tennessee Elk herds can be seen at http://www.tnelkhunt.org as well as other information about the elk herds and the application instructions. Hopefully with the help of the Elk Restoration Program it will only be a matter of time before the Tennessee Elk can roam the woods and fields of open ranges as the whitetail deer do now.

5 comments:

Dennis A Carroll said...

I don't think there is a more grand animal on earth! Great to see elk returning to Tennessee.

deerslayer said...

Dennis; Elk truly are majestic animals and it will be a great feeling to have them released into the wild in Tennessee again for all to hunt but I fear it may not happen in my lifetime, however perhaps my grandchildren will be able to hunt them one day without going to a management area. Thanks for the visit.

JOE TODD said...

I don't think there is any room for elk in Ohio. We may have to many deer. My wife and I often drive thru the grounds of the local high school and we may see 5-7 deer and they are not really wild
Thanks for your post Joe Todd

deerslayer said...

Joe Todd; Sounds to me like you guys need some Tennesee hunters to come thin them deer out for you then start yourself an Elk herd . Elk get along with deer to so they would fit right in inb Ohio. Maybe you should talk to the Game and Fish commission about starting a herd up there. I appreciate the visit, Thanks for the comment.

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