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 Central time on 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. Applications cannot be submitted via the TWRA mobile app or by mail.
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 online, 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 online on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. Central time on Aug. 28.
The state’s fifth elk hunt will be held Oct. 21-25 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 to 16 at the time of the hunt. Youth who submit a regular elk quota hunt are not permitted to apply for the youth elk hunt.