Winners of the TWRA's annual elk-draw permits will be announced soon, giving lucky hunters a chance to bag a bull like this one taken by Lebanon's Mike Graves (center) in 2013. LARRY WOODY

The deadline passed to apply for Wildlife Management Area big-game hunts, including applications for the state’s 12th-annual elk hunt. Successful applicants will be announced soon by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Seven hunters will be selected for the Oct. 10-16 elk gun hunt, plus one awarded to the raffle winner and a youth-hunt tag. The fourth-annual archery hunt will be Sept. 26-Oct. 2, with seven permits issued.

The hunts will be on the North Cumberland WMA in East Tennessee’s Campbell County.

Funds from the raffle and application fees will go to elk restoration and other wildlife restoration projects.


Trap shoot: The Cedar City Gun Club resumed its weekly trap-shooting competitions.

For information about the shoots or other gun club activities, contact Kerry Hale at khale386@gmail.com


Outdoors coalition: With help from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the Great American Outdoors Water Conservation Fund was recently passed by legislators and will be signed into law by the president.

The coalition provides funds for deferred maintenance projects at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was a co-sponsor of the bill. With his pending retirement from the Senate, the Wildlife Federation offers voters a chance to submit questions to candidates aspiring to fill his seat. For details about submitting questions, visit tnwf.org/QsForSenate.


Hunter education: Squirrel season opens Aug. 22, and hunters are reminded that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a hunter education class to get a license.

Some classes are offered online. Information is available at tnwildlife.org

A special apprentice license is available for those who have not completed the hunter education class. It comes with certain restrictions, including hunting with a licensed adult. Details are listed on the TWRA website and in the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Aug. 22 is also Free Hunting Day in Tennessee, on which no license is required.

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