Three Middle Tennessee applicants were successful: Smithville’s William Harris (archery), Dickson’s Larry Rosenbaum (gun) and Manchester’s Reed Johnson (youth).
Fourteen permits were selected by a computer draw, and one was auctioned on eBay. It went to an Alabama hunter who bid $13,000.
For the inaugural hunt in 2009, five permits were issued.
A total of 8,664 applications were submitted this year, down 450 from last year.
Since the hunt’s inception, 33 bull elk have been killed legally. During last year’s hunt an elk was killed illegally by a hunter shooting from the road in an unapproved area.
Few fishing changes: Proposed changes in next year’s fishing regulations were also discussed at the Commission meeting. None of the proposed changes would involve Middle Tennessee waters.
The 2018 Tennessee Fishing Guide will detail all the rules and regulations and will be available before the new rules go into effect.
Deer diseases: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency continues to be concerned about an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) that has been reported in 20 counties, including Sumner.
Although EHD is a naturally-occurring disease that eventually runs its course, it can devastate deer populations in specific areas, and the TWRA reports the current outbreak “appears to be above average in severity.”
The state’s most recent EHD outbreak occurred in 2007 and was most serious in Middle Tennessee were hundreds of deer died. Also known as “Black Tongue,” EHD is not dangerous to humans or livestock.
The TWRA is also concerned about an even more serious disease, Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal to deer. So far no cases of CWD have been discovered in Tennessee, but has ravaged herds in several other states.
Hunters hunting in those states must follow strict regulations about importing meat and hides. Details are available in the Tennessee Hunting Guide.
Perfect score: For the third time in recent weeks a perfect round was recorded at the Cedar City Gun Club’s trap shoot. Last week’s 50-of-50 round was shot by Kerry Hale.
Bill Wooten had the top Senior round (46) and Alexis Franck led the Ladies competition with a 47.
For information about Gun Club activities or the Cedar City Straights interscholastic trap-shooting team, contact Hale at 615-519-2934.
Aug. 26: squirrel season
Sept. 1: dove season
Oct. 14-27: fall turkey season
Nov. 4-17: muzzleloader season
Nov. 18: deer gun season
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