The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2013 Elk and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the Youth Elk, and WMA Youth will run from June 12- through July 24.
The elk and youth elk hunts were moved to coincide with the application period for the other Fall WMA/Youth Big Game Quota Hunts. Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 24.
The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists available locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed instruction sheets will not be processed into the drawing system.
There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit in addition to their permanent senior citizen license. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $10 permit fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.
For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. An internet application is not complete until the applicant gets a Temporary Authorization Number, which is found on the Purchase Confirmation page. If a entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the permit and agent (fee(s) for each quota hunt application submitted.
The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of eight) without being successful for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.
After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold on-line, on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 28 at 8 a.m. (CDT).
The state’s fifth elk hunt will be held Oct. 21-25, 2013 at the North Cumberland WMA. As in the previous hunts, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which this year is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.
For the second year, a Young Sportsman Elk Hunt will be held Oct. 26-27. Those applying must be ages 13-16 years old at the time of the hunt. Youth who submit a regular elk quota hunt are not permitted to apply for the youth elk hunt.
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