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Elk Regulations

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Elk Quota Hunts

Elk harvest is regulated by a quota permit system. The application period for the elk quota hunts is June 20 – July 25, 2019. Permits available at TWRA license agents and online. Fifteen (15) quota permits will be issued in 2019. Each permit holder will be allocated a separate Elk Hunt Zone (EHZs).

One (1) of fifteen (15) quota permits will be issued to a qualifying non-profit wildlife conservation organization with all proceeds benefiting the TWRA Elk Management Program. The permit will be available through an online raffle. To purchase tickets for the raffle, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation website between April 8 and August 2, 2019 at www.twrf.net/2019-elk-tag-raffle.

Another one (1) of the fifteen (15) quota permits will be issued to a resident Young Sportsmen, who is able to hunt all open EHZs.

Elk permits are valid for designated Elk Hunt Zones (EHZs) on North Cumberland WMA and on private lands in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott counties. All public land other than North Cumberland WMA is closed to elk hunting. It is the responsibility of elk permit holders to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on private property. TWRA does not guarantee hunter access on private lands. Landowners are not exempted form this permit requirement and must be drawn for a quota permit to hunt. For legal hunting methods, see Manner & Means.

Special Regulations

  1. All harvested elk must be checked in at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area Office on the day of harvest.
  2. Th e location must be adequately marked so that TWRA employees can identify the harvest site, which can be accomplished by either providing GPS coordinates or accompanying a TWRA employee to the harvest site.
  3. Use or possession of electronic tracking equipment is prohibited.
  4. Bugling or calling of elk is prohibited within the EHZs during all elk hunts except by permitted hunters and their assistants.