September 30, 2022

Tennessee Will Have To Wait Until 2008 For An Elk Hunt

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Because of the legislative processes involved with organizing the first elk hunt in Tennessee since 1865, anxious would-be elk hunters are more than likely going to have to wait until 2008 for a chance at 5 hunting permits. Part of that political process requires a change in Tennessee law that prohibits the wildlife authorities from adding fees to hunter’s licenses.

The proposal would cost anyone wishing to apply for a chance at one of the 5 permits, $10. That application fee is non-refundable and officials say in other states that do similar programs with elk permits, 30,000 to 40,000 hunters apply bringing in some serious cash to put toward the elk program.

One of the permits would be issued to one of several conservation groups to be raffled off as a further way to raise money for the elk program.

In related news, the Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner has signed a waiver which will allow for the importation of more elk from outside the state. Biologist hope to travel to Canada this winter to bring 100 to 200 elk back with them.

The Chattanoogan has more details.

Tom Remington