Third Elk Hunt Set to Get Underway in Tennessee

Nashville – The third-ever managed elk hunt in Tennessee is
scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 17 and will continue through
Friday, Oct. 21 as five persons will be seeking a trophy at the
North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

Four persons, all Tennessee residents, were selected in a computer
drawing from 6,840 applicants for this year’s hunt. The
participants drawn for this year’s hunt are Richard R. Rutherford
of Walland, Terrell S. Holt of Columbia, John Mark Alston of
Knoxville, and Jody A. Moore of Loudon.

The fifth participant is LaVergne resident Arthur Moreland. He was
the high bidder in online auction for the final permit. The final
permit was donated to a Non-Governmental Organization, which this
year was the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The TWRF
auctioned the final permit with proceeds from the auction going to
the elk restoration program.

For the hunt, the North Cumberland WMA is being divided into five
elk hunting zones, each about 8,000 acres. The division helps
ensure the harvest is spread over the entire core of the elk zone.
Each hunter will be assigned a zone through a random hand-held
drawing.

All five participants harvested an elk in the inaugural hunt in
2009. Three of the participants had harvests in last year’s
hunt.

Studies have proven that the elk herd is seeing an annual growth
rate of 13-15 percent. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has
worked to make habitat improvements at North Cumberland WMA to aid
the elk in adapting to their new home since the first arrival of 50
animals in December 2000, the first elk to be in Tennessee since
they were reported in Obion County in 1865.

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