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Applications being taken for elk hunt draw

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Elk hunt tags have been increased. TWRA

Applications will be taken Feb. 7-28 for this fall’s elk hunt on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in East Tennessee.

The number of tags has been increased to 19 — 17 for the gun/archery hunt, one for the youth hunt (ages 13-16) and one donated to the Tennessee Conservation Raffle.

The inaugural hunt in 2009 offered five tags. The number of tags has increased over the years as the herds have grown, with a total of 118 bulls harvested.

Last year’s hunt had 16,922 applicants.

Applications can be made at any TWRA license dealer or Agency office, online at or on the TWRA mobile app.

There is an application fee, except for holders of sportsman’s and lifetime licenses.

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the computerized draw.

Information about the elk hunt’s history and restoration program is available in the Tennessee Hunting Guide and on

Eagle shooter reward: A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and wounded a bald eagle near Watts Bar Lake. The eagle is recovering at the Memphis Zoo and will be returned to the wild if possible.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is conducting the investigation. Tips can be called to (615) 736-5532 or the Agency main office in Nashville.

Eagles are protected, and killing one is a federal offense that can result in a $100,000 fine and a year in prison.

Elk poached: A $3,000 reward is also being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the shooter of an elk calf on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in East Tennessee. Contact the TWRA for details.

Friends of NRA update: Efforts to revive the Wilson County chapter of Friends of NRA continue, and despite slow progress, director W.D. Wheeler hasn’t given up.

“I’m still hopeful we can get it done,” says Wheeler, past president of the Davidson County chapter. “It’s a great cause and we’ll keep working.”

Before suspending operations two years ago due to lack of volunteer workers, the chapter was one of the nation’s most successful. It generated over $70,000 for grants and other support of area shooting sports, firearm safety, 4-H, conservation and related causes.

In addition to needing more volunteers, donations to the chapter’s fundraiser auctions had declined.

“The weak economy has had an adverse impact,” Wheeler says. “Businesses aren’t able to offer the support they used to.”

For information, contact Wheeler at (615) 347-8568.

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