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Elk Hunting

Elk Bag Limits, Season Dates, and Quotas

Season Type

Season Dates


Bag Limit


Oct. 21–25


1 antlered elk per permit

Youth – Gun/

Oct. 26–27


1 antlered elk per permit

A quota permit system is used to select most of the elk hunt participants. A single elk hunt permit will be issued to a qualifying non-profit wildlife conservation organization with all proceeds benefiting the TWRA elk management program. The elk hunt takes place on North Cumberland WMA, located in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Five Elk Hunting Zones (EHZs) have been designated on the North Cumberland WMA. Each of the five hunters is assigned a separate EHZ. The youth hunter is allowed to use all 5 EHZs.

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1. Hunters will be assigned an EHZ as designated by TWRA. However, if during the course of the hunt, one hunter remains with an unfilled tag, that hunter may be re-assigned an EHZ according to TWRA specifications.

2. Upon harvesting an elk, the hunter must immediately attach the elk harvest tag provided by TWRA to the carcass. All harvested elk must be checked out at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area Office before leaving the Wildlife Management Area.

3. The harvest location must be clearly marked with flagging tape. The location must be adequately marked so that TWRA employees can identify the harvest site. This must be accomplished by doing one of the following:

  • Providing GPS coordinates
  • Accompanying a TWRA employee to the harvest site, or…
  • Flagging a trail that can be easily followed from the harvest site to a road.

4. Use or possession of electronic tracking equipment is prohibited.

5. Bugling or calling of elk is prohibited within the EHZs during all elk hunts except by permitted hunters and their assistants.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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