A bull elk. (Photo: Pixabay)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation announced several upcoming events as a part of a meeting. Here’s a roundup:

Elk Hunt Raffle
A permit to participate in the 2018 Tennessee elk hunt will be available for the first time through a raffle to be held by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. Individuals will be able to purchase a ticket for $10 each and there is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.


Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has donated a permit to a non-governmental organization to join other participants who will be chosen from a computer drawing.

The raffle for the permit replaces an online auction previously held to determine the additional participant. The raffle drawing will be held August 15 and the winner announced at the August 24 meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission in Nashville.

The raffle winner will join the computer drawing winners in the 2018 hunt in October at one of the elk hunting zones on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The hunting season dates will be set by the TFWC at its May 17-18 meeting. The winner will be responsible for the appropriate license to participate.

In addition to the permit, the raffle winner will receive a new Tikka T3X Lite Stainless bolt-action rifle in 7 mm Remington Mag. It is topped with an Oculus Pro Team HD 3x9x40 mm rifle scope.

To purchase tickets for the raffle, visit the TWRF website.

All proceeds from the raffle will go exclusively to the elk restoration program. TWRF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting habitat conservation, responsible land stewardship, and Tennessee’s hunting and fishing heritage for the benefit of TWRA and Tennessee’s outdoor enthusiasts.

TWRA requests public input on proposed 2018-20 hunting regulations
TWRA is now soliciting comments on the proposed 2018-20 hunting seasons’ regulations that were made at the April meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about the proposed hunting regulations with TWRA staff.

At the April meeting, Agency staff presented the TFWC Wildlife Management Committee with its 2018-20 proposals. The full TFWC meeting, including all proposals, can be viewed by the public on the agency’s website on the commission page under archived videos by clicking here.

Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. The public comment period concerning the 2018-20 proposed hunting seasons regulations will be open until May 14, 2018. Comments may be submitted by mail emailed to [email protected] or by mail:

2018-20 Hunting Season Comments,
TWRA, Wildlife Division,
P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204

Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

As a reminder, the commission is now setting hunting seasons in two-year intervals.

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9
Tennessee will host its 2018 Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, and especially children to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option. Numerous events are scheduled for Free Fishing Day.

Find events planned at locations relatively near Chattanooga here. Click on Region 3: Cumberland Plateau.

In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 15).

All events are great opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

Spring squirrel season opens May 12
The Tennessee 2018 spring squirrel hunting season begins Saturday, May 12 and runs through Sunday, June 10. The daily bag limit is 10. Of the five species of squirrel found in Tennessee, three, the gray, fox, and red are hunted, while the two species of flying squirrel are not. Find more information about Tennessee hunting seasons and regulations in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.