Tennessee's first sandhill crane hunt looks like it will be popular.
At the October meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency gave a report on the recent distribution of permits for the state's upcoming sandhill crane hunting season.
The first 266 permits were distributed during a drawing on Oct. 12 in Birchwood, Tenn. The remaining 134 permits were made available at the four TWRA regional offices across the state, and they were all distributed in less than three hours.
The sandhill crane hunting season will be Nov. 28-Jan. 1, 2014. The zone for sandhill crane hunting is limited to Southeast Tennessee, south of Interstate 40 and east of Highway 56.
All sandhill crane permit holders must pass an online crane identification test before hunting.