SaveOurMonarchs Foundation has a good idea for the upcoming holidays. For a donation of $25 they will send you 100 milkweed seed packets holiday-themed for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The packets make nice handouts for trick-or-treaters – but not in lieu of candy – or simple gifts for holiday gatherings.
The various milkweed plants are perennial wildflowers that can grow all over the U.S. and they are essential to the survival of all monarch caterpillars. Besides that, milkweed adds a lot to a wildflower garden and it requires no maintenance. Autumn is a good time to plant wildflowers, or you can wait for the spring.
Check out SaveOurMonarchs Foundation, a 501c3 charity; they offer free milkweed seeds to anyone requesting them, and larger quantities for a small donation. For seeds and more information go to www.SaveOurMonarchs.org; or telephone Ward Johnson at 952-829-0600.
Hunters, watch out for the color purple this year. Just as a flash of hunter orange means “do not shoot”, a splash of purple on a tree or fence means “no hunting or trespassing”. On July 1, 2017 Tennessee joined a growing number of states with a new law that simplifies a landowner’s task of posting his property.
Once a traditional “No Trespassing” sign is posted in a prominent place, the law authorizes property owners to provide notice that trespassing is prohibited on their property by marking trees and posts with purple paint as an alternative to posting signs. The purple mark can be an “X” or a vertical stripe at least one inch wide and eight inches long placed in the baseball strike zone (three feet to five feet high) for easy viewing. Trespassing in Tennessee is a Class C misdemeanor which can result in a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.
Next year’s sport fish regulations were approved at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s September meeting in Gatlinburg on Sept. 27. The changes include closing upper Cherokee Reservoir to snagging from March 1 through May 31, except during the snagging season (April 1-15). This will protect paddlefish from over-harvest.
Other changes: The area on the Elk River of Watauga Reservoir that has a hook restriction during January through April will be reduced; this change allows anglers to use all types fishing gear in this section of the river year round. Delayed harvest trout fishing areas will be established on Doe River in Carter County and Buffalo Creek in Grainger County. There will be a no creel limit and a no size limit on crappie taken from Herb Parsons Lake in Fayette County to alleviate an overabundance of small crappie.
This Beyond BOW takes women muzzleload hunting. The 2017 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be held on Nov. 10-12 on private property in Humphreys County. Women age 18 and older are eligible and the sponsor is the TWRA.
The private farm for the event has more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat with a variety of wildlife management projects. Besides actual hunting time, a variety of clinics are scheduled including, deer biology, deer management and hunting ethics.
Registration for the workshop is on a first-come basis; however, two weeks priority will be given to first-time participants. The workshop fee is $225, which includes meals and campsites, if participants wish to camp. Participants must have the appropriate licenses and hunter education cards (or the apprentice license). Some treestands will be available.
For more information and a registration application, contact Donald Hosse at Don.Hosse@tn.gov or phone 615-781-6541. Applications are also available on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org under Outreach.
The deal is done and hands have shaken: Bass Pro Shops has consummated the purchase of Cabela’s, Inc. today, Sept. 25. The negotiations took more than a year and the price ended up at nearly $4 billion. Cabela’s brings 82 stores in the U.S. and Canada to the merger and Bass Pro has 95 stores. Both brand names will remain in prominence. Some stores may close.
“We are excited to unite these iconic American brands to better serve our loyal customers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts,” said Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris. “As we move forward, we are committed to retaining everything customers love about both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s by creating a ‘best-of-the-best’ experience that includes the superior products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value our customers have come to expect. We are also deeply motivated by the potential to significantly advance key conservation initiatives.”
At the closing Bass Pro paid $61.50 per share of Cabela’s stock. The U.S. Federal Reserve approved the sale of Cabela's credit card business to the bank Synovus, which will broker the business to Capital One. Cabela’s corporate and credit card headquarters is in Sidney, Nebraska; it is unclear how many of its 2,000 employees would be retained. Bass Pro Shops is a privately-held company based in Springfield, Missouri.
Bass Pro has created a website, www.basspro.com/together, to answers many of the questions about the merger. Some of those answers follow here: Both company names will remain. Items purchased at Cabela’s can be returned to a Bass Pro and vice versa, or by contacting the online customer service centers. Many of the popular and exclusive product brands of both stores will be shared.
Gift cards from each store can be exchanged for full price at the store’s customer service counter, or by telephone. To exchange a Cabela’s gift card for a Bass Pro card call 800-211-6440; to exchange a Bass Pro card call 800-237-4444.
Delta Waterfowl is out to brighten the future of waterfowl hunting. In an effort to bolster waterfowl hunter numbers, Delta Waterfowl is launching a Mentor Recognition Program. The new initiative, which is supported by a $25,000 grant from Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, will raise awareness about the critical need to recruit new hunters and reward people who share their love of waterfowl hunting with others.
Here’s how the program works (By the way, membership in DW is not required): Anyone who mentors a new waterfowl hunter is eligible to upload to DW a photo and short story about your hunt. In recognition, DW will send to the mentor a certificate of appreciation, Delta Waterfowl Mentor hat, special DW decal, and an engraved metal band to display on a call lanyard.
The new hunter will get a merit certificate, DW hat, two decals, and if successful at taking a duck or goose, they will earn a Delta Waterfowl First-Duck Pin. In addition, both the mentor and the new hunter will receive a free entry ticket for Delta’s Special Waterfowlers Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Delta Waterfowl Gear Package by ALPS OutdoorZ. We ask them to present the ticket at the registration desk at their local Delta Waterfowl chapter event. Again, you do not have to be a DW member to participate. Go to www.deltawaterfowl.org.
The largest trout tournament in the Smokies, the 19th annual Smoky Mountains Fall Trout Tournament, will take place on the weekend of Oct. 7-8 on 20 miles of the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. At least 5,000 trout are stocked immediately prior to the event. The top prizes will be $500 for the largest trout and $500 for the smallest trout. Other prizes will include trophies for the top three anglers in four divisions, cash awards, fishing equipment, and gift certificates to restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks.
The entry fees are $25 for one day or $40 for both days. Cash prizes will go to the four divisions of adults and youths, both locals and tourists. Register or get more information at www.rockytopoutfitter.com, or call Rocky Top Outfitters at 865-661-3474.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has signed a new order to support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management, and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.
“Hunting and fishing is a cornerstone of the American tradition and hunters and fishers of America are the backbone of land and wildlife conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “The more people we can get outdoors, the better things will be for our public lands.”
The plan would expand fishing, hunting and target shooting on U.S. national monuments. According to the Wall Street Journal, hunting and target shooting are presently not allowed at nearly 90 of 129 national monuments.
The new order comes days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a survey that found there are 2.2 million fewer hunters in America now than in 2011. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increases access to public lands for hunting, shooting, and fishing, and puts a greater emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists, with a focus on engaging youths, veterans, minorities, and the communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities.
Arkansas’s new Five-Day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Permit has been added to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's online licensing system, but the permit will not be needed for the early teal season, just the regular duck season.
The annual Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Permit was discontinued earlier this year for certain popular wildlife management areas, leaving only the five-day version of the permit. Nonresidents may purchase up to six of these permits per season, and each permit is only valid for a single WMA that the hunter specifies at purchase. The cost for the five-day permit is $30.50.
Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Permits are needed only during regular duck season and only on the following WMAs: Bayou Meto, Bell Slough/Camp Robinson, Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita, Big Lake, Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc, Cut-Off Creek, Sheffield Nelson Dagmar, Dave Donaldson Black River, Earl Buss Bayou DeView, Ed Gordon Point Remove, Frog Bayou, Galla Creek, Harris Brake, Henry Gray Hurricane Lake, Holland Bottom, Lake Overcup, Petit Jean River, Rex Hancock Black Swamp, Seven Devils, Shirey Bay Rainey Brake, St. Francis Sunken Lands, Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms, Sulphur River and Trusten Holder WMAs. It also is required to hunt on Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir.
Hunting and fishing licenses are available at all AGFC regional offices, nature centers, and many sporting goods stores throughout the state. Licenses may also be purchased online at www.agfc.com or by phone by calling 800-364-4263.
For delicious venison, many hunters want to hang the meat for aging and tenderizing, but that process can be risky if you don't have a temperature-controlled environment between 35 and 50 degrees. Consider getting the meat cut, packaged and into the freezer quickly. Wild game can be aged and tenderized later using this alternative process:
Remove a package of meat from the freezer and allow it to partially thaw in the refrigerator. When the package is beginning to soften and is covered with slushy ice crystals, put a tally mark on the package and refreeze. Then repeat. When a package has three tally marks, it is aged and ready for cooking.
There is good information on butchering your own deer at the website of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, including photos, charts and breakdowns of cuts. Go to www.rmef.org/hunting and click on "Carnivore's Kitchen."
Dateline: Johnson County, Tenn. The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, announced on Friday the protection of more than 1,680 acres of high-elevation ridges and pristine headwaters in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in both North Carolina and Tennessee, the conservation acquisition was made possible with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and connects more than 127,000 acres of public lands from Cherokee National Forest to Mount Rogers National Recreation area in Virginia.
From the property's highest elevations, including the 4,325-foot Bald Knob, one can see three states and many high peaks, including Mt. Rogers and Whitetop in Virginia, as well as Snake Mountain, Elk Knob and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. The land, known as Cut Laurel Gap, features some of the best remaining stream habitat for Southern Appalachian Brook Trout and will eventually be open to the public for fishing as well as hunting for ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer and black bear.
The Conservation Fund purchased the Cut Laurel Gap property in December 2013, serving as the temporary owner until funding could be provided for its permanent protection. The conveyance of the final acreage in Tennessee to the U.S. Forest Service this month was made possible with funding from the LWCF. Private contributions from Fred and Alice Stanback and a grant from Trout Unlimited also enabled the protection of land in both states.
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and U.S. Representative Phil Roe (TN-1) supported Tennessee's request for LWCF funding and helped secure the Congressional appropriations for the program. LWCF is a bipartisan, federal program that uses a percentage of proceeds from offshore oil and gas royalties – not taxpayer dollars – to acquire critical lands and protect our country's best natural resources for more than 50 years.
The headwaters located on the property, together with one linear mile of perennial streams also now conserved, are tributaries to South Holston Lake, which provides drinking water to residents in Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia, and popular water-based recreation for more than four million visitors and surrounding communities along the Tennessee-Virginia border annually.
The Conservation Fund strives to create conservation solutions that make environmental and economic sense. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, the Fund has worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect nearly eight million acres of land. Visit www.conservationfund.org.
The Tennessee Fur Harvesters fall convention will be Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Newcomers, veteran trappers and their families will enjoy the many seminars, contests, games and activities, live entertainment, storytellers, and supplies vendors.
Tent camping and primitive cabins are available. For more information contact John Daniel at email@example.com or call 423-595-0986 or see the website www.tfhaonline.net and select TFHA Annual Convention.
Here is a special opportunity for young hunters who have never taken a deer. A free hunt at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in deer-rich Humphreys County (Unit L) has been arranged by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for Oct. 28, the opening day for the statewide youth deer hunt. Hunters age 10-16 with a hunter education certificate and accompanied by a non-hunting adult are eligible. A total of 30 licenses will be issued.
There will be a free Friday night cookout and campout (participants must have their own camping gear). Breakfast and lunch will also be served on Saturday. Treestands will be provided including three that are handicap accessible. The Unit L bag limit is two bucks (one buck per day) and three does per day.
Registration deadline for the drawing is Oct. 15. Applications and more information are available on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org, by phoning Don Hosse at 615-781-6541, or by email to Don.Hosse@tn.gov. Applications can be mailed to TWRA, Youth Deer Hunt Giveaway, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204; or faxed to 615-781-6543. Selected hunters will be notified by Oct. 20.
The unusual cool weather notwithstanding, fall really is upon us. The 2017 autumnal (September) equinox occurs on Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:02 p.m. EDT, when the sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator and moving south.
Daylight is waning rapidly every day. In late September the sun rises nearly one minute later every day, and the sun sets about one-and-a-half minutes earlier every day. For East Tennessee sunrise will be at 7:24 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:32 p.m. The actual “equinox” or equal periods of day and night does not occur in this area until Sept. 26.
The animals sense autumn instinctively. It triggers mating in deer, migration in waterfowl and other birds, and hibernation in bears and groundhogs.
The whitetail rut appears to have begun early this season; no wonder with our cool August and even cooler first week of September to encourage it. For archery deer the first segment is Sept. 23 – Oct. 27; then, after a respite weekend for the first youth deer hunt, the second archery segment is Oct. 30 – Nov. 3. All the big game units, A, B, C, D, and L have the same dates; all of the units – except L – have the same bag limits: Two antlered and four antlerless. Unit L bag limits are two antlered and three antlerless per day. Those two bucks are the season maximum for all weapons, gun and muzzleloader included. Fall archery turkey also opens Sept. 23, limit one either-sex.
Also, bear hunting begins on Sept. 23. The archery season is Sept. 23 – Oct. 20, without dogs, for all of the Bear Hunting Zones: BHZ1 – BHZ4 and Transitional. The annual bag limit is one bear either-sex, sows must be without cubs.
Next, bear hunting with dogs and all weapons opens in three zones: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1 in BHZ2, which includes Blount, Cocke (south of I-40), Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), and Sevier counties; Sept. 30 – Oct. 8 in BHZ3, which is McMinn (east of Hwy 411), Monroe and northeastern Polk counties; Oct. 2-6 in BHZ1, which is Carter, Cocke (north of I-40), Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. The later bear hunts will be listed here soon, but you can see them all on page 28 of the 2017 hunting guide.
Navico, the world's largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands, announced today that a Texas federal jury has found that Garmin Ltd. willfully infringed two of Navico's DownScan Imaging™ sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000 in damages.
As part of the civil lawsuit, Navico also accused Garmin of false advertising relating to false and misleading assertions regarding its transition from the infringing DownVü™ sonar-scanning to the replacement design called ClearVü™, which lacks a true downscan element. Although the U.S. District Court judge opted not to submit this issue to the jury, during the trial Garmin's sonar design engineer confirmed that ClearVü can miss objects directly beneath a user's boat.
Garmin sells ClearVü sonar technology in the U.S. without a down-facing transducer element, relying on data from side-scanning elements to compile and synthesize a scanning image beneath the boat. A down-facing transducer element is included in all ClearVü products outside of the United States, beyond the scope of Navico's U.S. patents.
Navico continues to believe that Garmin's abrupt transition from DownVü to ClearVü in late 2016 included false and misleading statements about the features and capabilities of ClearVü. Garmin's actions confused the marine electronics market until Garmin finally acknowledged the limitations of ClearVü in March 2017, six months after the technology was announced. For more information go to www.lowrance.com. For more on the Navico Group visit www.navico.com.
The status of deer hunting in America: Good and getting better. The 2017 Whitetail Report has been released by the Quality Deer Management Association. For several years the trend has been for hunters to take an increasing number of mature bucks. That is good for two reasons: Hunters get a nice trophy and the herd has better breeding results.
Last year the 2016 Whitetail Report revealed that for the first time U.S. hunters were taking more mature bucks (3.5 years and older) than yearling bucks (1.5 years), 34 percent to 33 percent respectively. That was the lowest percentage of yearlings harvested nationwide since whitetail populations were restored in the mid-1900s. The 2.5 year-olds were 34 percent that year.
And the positive trend continues in the 2017 Report. Hunters shot more 3.5 year-old bucks than either of the younger classes. The 3.5 year rate increased to 35 percent; the 2.5 year-old improved to 31 percent; and the 1.5 year-old only increased slightly to 34 percent. Hunters are clearly reaping the benefits of more naturally balanced age structures in herds across the whitetail’s range.
Of the 37 whitetail states that collect age data on older bucks, Mississippi has the best mature harvest with 77 percent, followed by Texas with 75 percent, Arkansas with 74 percent, Louisiana with 67 percent, and Oklahoma with 60 percent. In 1988 when QDMA was founded, 62 percent of the bucks taken nationally were 1.5 years old.
It is a fact: When most yearling bucks are protected and survive to adulthood, hunters witness more rut behavior, get more responses with rattling and grunt calls, see more scrapes and rubs, find more shed antlers, and see and kill mature bucks more frequently. To read and download the entire 60-page 2017 report, go to www.qdma.com/corporate/whitetail-report. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call 800-209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com.
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is Sept. 23, a day set aside by Congress for sportsmen to celebrate their conservation efforts. Early U.S. conservationists, including President Theodore Roosevelt, urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes in the world. It’s most recent success is the recovery of the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The 2017 NHF Day Honorary Chair is NASCAR legend Richard Childress. There are special events nationwide to encourage hunting and fishing and conservation. To find the Tennessee events near you go to www.nhfday.org.
Now begins the best time to see Tennessee elk. The rut is underway, which means lots of animal movement, mating activity and the haunting bugle of the bull elk day and night. The free-range Tennessee elk are on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area about 40 miles north of Knoxville. There are two good wild viewing places, in the Royal Blue and the Sundquist units of North Cumberland WMA.
Perhaps the best place to go is the elk-viewing pavilion at Hatfield Knob on Peabody Mountain in Campbell County. More than a dozen elk are frequenting the area mostly in the mornings and evenings. Directions: I-75 north to Caryville, then take U.S. 25W to LaFollette and about 6.5 miles past. Immediately after topping the mountain turn left at the sign onto a gravel road and go about 4.5 miles to the parking area. The pavilion is about a one-third mile walk.
The original elk release site is at Montgomery Junction on Massengill Mountain, near the community of Norma in Scott County. To get there take I-75 north to exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville); go west on Hwy 63 for 11.5 miles and then left on Norma Road, going about five miles to a left turn onto Montgomery Creek Road. About a mile further is the original release site, a good place to begin slowly driving and listening and glassing [Note: A few elk hunters will be hunting here on Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 (archery) and on Oct. 14-20 (rifle) and one youth hunter on Oct. 7-13].
Elk can be seen all day but viewing is best in the mornings and evenings. Recommended equipment includes binoculars, cameras and insect repellant. For those going off-road, watch for poisonous snakes since they are quite active on warm days.
The main elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in the Cataloochee area on the North Carolina side. Contact the Park headquarters for the best viewing opportunities; go to www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/elk.
The application period for Tennessee’s first statewide sandhill crane hunt is underway and will continue through Sept. 27. More than 1,100 licenses (one per hunter) will be issued through the computerized draw. These tags are valid statewide, including the Southeast Sandhill Crane Zone.
The statewide sandhill hunting season is Dec. 2 – Jan. 28; however, the season is closed in the Southeast Zone from Jan. 12-14. Your application for the sandhill crane hunt can be made online on the TWRA website, www.tn.gov/twra/article/quota-hunts. Applications can also be made at license agencies or any of the four TWRA regional offices. In addition, hunters can also apply for waterfowl blinds on selected wildlife management areas.
Tennessee outdoorsmen can support Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Mossy Oak has organized some friends to produce specially-designed "Rise Above" t-shirts with ALL proceeds going to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. The friends are Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), B.A.S.S., Ducks Unlimited (DU), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).
"Texas is a special place to the outdoors community, and seeing the devastation left from Hurricane Harvey and the many hurting people, we had to do something," said Daniel Haas, New Media Coordinator for Mossy Oak. "We have joined conservation organizations, and with the help of Gildan that donated the t-shirts for screen-printing the 'Rise Above' design, to step up and help the people of Texas with 100% of the t-shirt purchase price going to help those affected by the hurricane."
The donation is $20. Share the link with your friends and family and help Harvey victims by buying your Hurricane Harvey Relief T-Shirt at the Mossy Oak online store, https://store.mossyoak.com/rise-above-hurricane-harvey-relief-t-shirt-i-10011934.
Watch out! Those “jumping” Asian carp have seriously invaded Tennessee waters. They are a real threat to our sport fisheries and recreational boating. For one thing, they have the habit of jumping en masse high out of the water at the sound of a passing boat motor, endangering water skiers, wake boarders and following boats (check out YouTube). Asian Carp are especially bad in Kentucky and Lake Barkley reservoirs. Tennessee is making a concerted effort to control these exotic troublemakers.
One way is to “make lemonade” out of these “lemons”. Commercial fishermen harvested more a million pounds of Asian carp in 2016. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is partnering with the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee to battle the invasion of Asian carp. In addition, the Tennessee General Assembly has an Asian Carp Task Force that recently helped acquire $75,000 to purchase equipment beneficial to cultivating the local commercial industry (freezers for boat docks).
The TWRA notes that while Asian carp are a major concern for how they could eventually effect native fish populations, so far they have not done so in Tennessee. The TWRA is also cooperating with the Tennessee Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit at Tennessee Tech University to monitor all life stages of carp throughout the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Future steps to battle the movement of Asian carp could include carp specific barriers at locks to prevent their spread upstream.
Squirrel hunters, recycle those squirrel tails. Sheldon’s Inc. needs them for their very popular Mepp’s Spinner fishing lures. Sheldon’s feels they are too valuable not to be recycled. The company is quick to specify that it wants only tails that have been harvested by sport hunters that will eat the meat. And yes, Tennessee does allow the sale of squirrel tails.
The tails can have varying qualities. They are at their best beginning in October. The minimum rate per tail is 20 cents for those graded premium and 16 cents for those graded good; double that fee if you take payment in fishing lures. Your shipping costs are refunded on shipments of 50 or more, and the money increases on larger shipments.
So you won’t get rich but, Hey! It’s recycling … and some bargain fishing tackle. Check out their website at www.mepps.com for tips on storage and shipping (like bone-in tails, salting the butts and freezing or drying tails straight). For more information their telephone is 800-237-9877; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or write to them at Sheldon’s, Inc., 626 Center Street, Antigo, WI 54409-2496.
Fifteen lucky elk hunters were selected on Aug. 30 in the computer draw for the 2017 Tennessee elk hunts; a total of 8,664 applied this year. The seven selected for the archery-only hunt on Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Johnny Lankford Delaney (Chattanooga), Edgar Michael Galaway (Brighton), William C. Harris (Smithville), Jimmy E. Hilliard (Maryville), Brandon T. Metcalf (Greeneville), Matthew Douglas Meyer (Knoxville), and Larry Wayne Rosenbaum (Dickson).
The six selected for the regular season on Oct. 14-20 can use gun, muzzleloader or archery equipment: James L. Blackwell (Chattanooga), Doug C. Gougher (Jasper), Kimberly Ann Mayfield (Etowah), Gary W. Ownby (Clinton), Floyd Eugene Roach (Knoxville), and Darvis Gary White (Greeneville).
A seventh permit for the regular elk season is auctioned each year on eBay; the proceeds go to the Tennessee elk restoration program. The winning bid this year was $13,000 from Alabama resident Tim Fisk.
The solitary youth elk tag went to Reed A. Johnson (Manchester). This will be the sixth year for the tag which is designated for youth ages 13-16. Johnson will get to hunt the full week of Oct. 7-13; previously the hunt was only a two-day weekend.
A total of 33 bull elk has been harvested since the first hunt in 2009. Last year only two bulls were taken. All of the hunts occur in the Elk Restoration Zone, which includes the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and some private lands (with landowner permission) in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, and Scott counties.
The combined early wood duck and teal seasons open Sept. 9-13; after that teal only continues on Sept. 14-17. The daily combined bag limit is six (no more than two wood ducks allowed).
The statewide seasons for raccoon and opossum begin at sunset on Sept. 15 and run through Feb. 28; the coon limit is two per night and the possum has no limit.