Tennessee hunting license. (Image: TWRA)

Wednesday is the application deadline for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2018 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth.

Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 25. The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online.

Mailed applications will not be processed into the drawing system.

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There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman License. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $12 permit fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent fee for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.

For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. If entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the permit and agent fee(s) for each quota hunt application submitted.

The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of 13 points) without being successfully drawn for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.

After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold online, on a first-come, first serve basis beginning Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. (CDT).

The state’s 10th gun elk hunt will be held Oct. 13-19 with seven individuals selected to participate. Six of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The seventh participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. For the first time this year, that permit will be issued in a raffle.

Additionally, this will be the third year for an archery only hunt with seven permits added. Archery hunt dates are Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

Application period now open for Alabama’s Special Opportunity Area deer hunts

The application period for Alabama’s Special Opportunity Area (SOA) deer hunts is now underway through August 21, 2018.

Both archery and gun hunts are available, and hunters will be selected in a random draw process. You must be 16 years or older to apply for an SOA hunt.

Each drawn hunter will be assigned a 300 to 400-acre area for a 2 t0 4 day hunt on an SOA and may be accompanied by a guest.

SOA’s include a 400-acre tract on Crow Creek in Jackson County.

Visit the SOA website for complete information and to apply.

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