A bull elk. (Photo: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is requesting comments for its 2018–19 hunting season regulations.

The public has an opportunity to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff through Feb. 15.

Comments contributed by the public will be considered by TWRA staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to:


2018–19 Hunting Season Comments
TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

Comments may be emailed to [email protected] TWRA asks that you include “hunting season comments” in the subject line of emailed submissions.

Strategic elk management plan
TWRA is also asking the public to review and submit comments on its draft of the strategic elk management plan, which serves as a guide for the agency’s decisions regarding the elk program. The restoration of elk to the Cumberland Mountains after an absence of over 150 years in Tennessee has been a huge success story. The established elk herd has provided viewing opportunities for numerous visitors and has been a unique hunting opportunity for those who have drawn a permit.

Click here to review the plan on the TWRA website.

TWRA held two public workshops in May to generate input about the plan. With a draft of the plan now complete, TWRA would like the public to review it and submit comments.

“The plan will provide guidance for the TWRA elk program for the next 10 years with an emphasis on healthy populations, habitat and public involvement,” said Brad Miller, TWRA elk program leader. “Broad program goals are provided as the basic framework of the plan, and specific objectives and strategies have been created to meet these goals.”

Comments are being accepted until Feb. 16 and can be submitted via email to [email protected] with “elk plan comments” in the subject line.

Written comments may also be submitted by mail to:

Elk Plan Comments
3030 Wildlife Way
Morristown, TN 37814