Tennessee Elk Permit Being Auctioned

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) recently announced the issuance of six Special Elk Permits for the upcoming 2014 hunting season. Four of the special permits were issued through the TWRA quota hunt drawing system and one for a youth hunter.

bull-elk-071614The remaining special elk permit was awarded to The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, Inc. (TWRF). The TWRF will auction off the tag to the highest bidder.

The auction will begin at 9:30 p.m. (CDT) on July 17 and will end at 9:30 p.m. (CDT) on July 27.

The proceeds from the sale of this special elk tag will go to benefit the elk restoration program. TWRF is partnering with Bill Swan, an experienced eBay seller and active member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter Safari Club International on the promotion and sale of this elk tag. To date, the Tennessee Valley Chapter and The Safari Club International Foundation have contributed more than $25,000 toward the restoration of elk into Tennessee.

The elk hunt will take place at the North Cumberland WMA in¬¨‚ĆEast Tennessee¬¨‚Ćfrom Monday,¬¨‚ĆOctober 20¬¨‚Ćthrough Friday, October 24, 2014. This is the sixth year for the¬¨‚ĆTennessee¬¨‚Ćelk hunt. Mature bulls in excess of 350″ have been reported in the area. The winner of this auction has an excellent chance of harvesting a world-class bull! For guide and lodging information, please contact the¬¨‚ĆTennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.

The 40,000-acre North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area will be sub-divided into five Elk Hunting Zones (EHZ).  Each hunter will be designated an 8000(+/-) acre EHZ through a handheld drawing conducted at a TWRA district IV location (location, dates and times TBA). The purchaser of this elk permit is required to purchase a big game license before participating in the hunt.  The resident elk license (Type 256) is $28.00, and a non-resident elk license (Type 257) is $300.00.  Tennessee Sportsman and Lifetime license holders are exempt from having to purchase the elk license.  All other licenses and permits to hunt big game in Tennessee are required.

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