September 25, 2022

Tennessee Getting Closer To A 2007 Elk Hunt

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This comes from the Chattanoogan.

It was 1865, 141 years ago, when a shot rang out in Obion County, Tenn. in the far northwestern corner of the state. The hunter probably didn’t know it, but that shot ended an era. According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency records, it was the last time an elk was ever killed in Tennessee.

However a new Tennessee elk-hunting era is likely to begin in 2007.

Elk once roamed from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains, to the banks of the Mississippi River and all points in between. However over-hunting and habitat changes forced the elk to abandon in the Volunteer State. In fact they abandoned the entire eastern United States.

In recent years however, at least six Eastern states, including Tennessee, have been working to restore elk to the wild. Four of those states have established limited elk hunting. In 2007 Tennessee is likely to become the fifth.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC), the governing body that establishes hunting seasons in Tennessee, voted unanimously earlier this year to hold 2007 elk hunts, pending further study.

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Tom Remington