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.

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 on-line on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 26.

The state’s 12th gun elk hunt will be held Oct. 10-16 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.

That permit will be issued in a raffle for the third year.


Each week, I’ll be listing a quote from the book: The Angler’s Guide of Favorite Fishing Quotations. It’s an inspired collection of wit and wisdom for those who love to fish.

It’s a nice collection for any fishermen’s bookshelf and available for $12.50 from Penguin Random House by emailing or calling (800)-733-3000.

“Lives are measured by the friends you make along the way, and the friends you make through fishing always seem to stick around through the rise and fall of the stock markets, divorces, hurricanes, accidents and injuries, good times and bad.” — Pat Ford.


TWRA will host three Facebook Live events in July to talk with anglers and get feedback about fishing in Tennessee.

The three events will be generally focused on East, Middle and West regions of the state, and general comments or questions will be taken prior or during any meeting.

TWRA welcomes the public to provide any comments or questions in advance of the events to, or on Facebook or Instagram via direct message prior to and during the events.

“We want to hear what people are experiencing on the water, what they like and don’t like, and any questions they might have,” said Frank Fiss, TWRA Fisheries chief.

“We will have our local Fisheries managers available to answer questions during the event and do our best to answer questions live.”

The schedule of public meetings are as follows and can all be watched live on Facebook or can be watched the recording afterward on any of our social media channels:

• July 9, 6:30 p.m. CDT to discuss fishing in Middle Tennessee.

• July 14, 6:30 p.m. CDT to discuss fishing in West Tennessee.

• July 16, 5:30 p.m. CDT to discuss fisheries in East Tennessee.

All meetings can easily be attended virtually and seen live on Facebook at TWRA encourages everyone to watch live and send in questions or comments before or during the meeting.

There is no other option to attend these meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and social-distancing requirements.

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