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Interested in applying for a big-game quota hunt?

Contributed • Jun 19, 2019 at 12:59 AM

The application period for Tennessee’s Wildlife Management Area Big Game Quota hunts, Cherokee Party Dog hunts, regular and youth elk hunts, and WMA youth hunts begins Wednesday, June 19 and runs through July 24.

Applications must be submitted before midnight Central time on July 24.

The WMA hunting instruction sheet — which can be found online at tn.gov/twra/hunting/quota-hunts — lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Applications may be submitted online at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com as well as at any Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency license agent or TWRA regional office. Mailed applications 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 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman License. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $12 application fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent fee for applications submitted 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.

If entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the agent fee for each application and application fee for each drawing submitted. There are a maximum of two drawings for the WMA Big Game hunts. Transaction ID numbers are issued for all transactions and are the customer’s assurance that their application has been accepted into the system.

The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of 13 points) without being successfully drawn for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.

After 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. 21.

The state’s 11th annual gun elk hunts will be held Oct. 12-18 with seven individuals selected to participate. Six of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The seventh participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a nongovernmental organization. This year the chosen NGO is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. That permit will be issued in a raffle for the second year.

Additionally, this will be the third year for archery-only hunts with seven permits issued. Archery hunt dates are Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

The regular elk permits are for a specific Elk Hunting Zone or specified combination of zones on North Cumberland WMA and for private lands in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott counties. Applicants select which zone they would prefer during the application. More information about the elk hunt zones, as well as an interactive map, can be found online at tn.gov/twra/hunting/big-game/elk.html.

Youth ages 13-16 may apply for the regular or youth elk hunt but may not apply for both. The youth hunt permit is valid for any zone.

Information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.