The Hunt Is On

Applying for the Hunt



Applicants with a current Annual Sportsman License, Lifetime Sportsman License, or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167) will be purchasing a Type 250.  All other applicants will be purchasing a Type 252, for which there is a $10, non-refundable permit fee.

Drawing Rules

How many different quota hunt applications can I submit? Customers age 17 and older may submit one application for the Elk Quota Hunt and one application for the WMA Quota Hunt. Customers age 6 to 16 may submit one application for the WMA Quota Hunt and one application for the Youth WMA Quota Hunt. They may also submit one application for the Elk Quota Hunt (Type 250 or 252). Resident customers age 13-16 may submit one application for the Youth Elk Quota Hunt. However, these customers must choose to enter either the Youth Elk Hunt or the Elk Quota Hunt. They may not enter both.

GENERAL QUOTA HUNT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

• You must apply at a TWRA license agent, at any TWRA regional office or by online application at www.tnwildlife.org. If you encounter any problems while applying, please call 615-781-6621 during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT). Do not mail this form to TWRA.

• You may begin applying June 11, 2015. The deadline is midnight July 23, 2015.

• No person may apply for a particular quota hunt more than once. Youth hunters (ages 6 to 16 by the date of the hunt) may apply but must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 years or older.

• Applicants must review their application receipt and verify name, address, hunt locations, party number (if joining a party), fees, etc., upon completion to ensure accuracy.

• No applications will be accepted or edited after the deadline.

• There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or Senior Citizen License (Type 166) holders with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable permit fee of $10 for each drawing you choose to enter. If you apply at a license agent, there is a $1 agent fee. If you apply on the internet, the fee is $2.

• You will need to provide your date of birth and one of the following: a driver’s license, or Social Security Number. If applying at a license agent, you may apply using your TWRA ID number.

• Application fee(s) are non-refundable. No refunds will be made.

• You may view your completed application online at: https://hfwa.centraltechnology.net/tn_quota/public/initcheckAppStat.do

WHEN APPLYING ON THE INTERNET

• Go to www.tnwildlife.org. Click on “Buy a License Online” on the right side of TWRA’s home page. The next page will have two links; choose the one that says “Online License Sales & Boat Renewals”. That will take you to the Online License Center.

WMA AND WMA YOUTH APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

• You may have up to 15 choices, but you will be issued no more than one permit for each drawing you enter. Do not use the same hunt code more than once. You/your party will not be drawn for two hunts occurring on the same or overlapping dates.

• You may create or join a party or apply alone. A party must be established by a party leader who will create the party, select the hunt choices for the entire party, and the number of drawings in which the party will enter. The party leader will also decide whether or not to allow an applicant with lower priority to join their party. A party number will be assigned to the leader after the application has been submitted to the system and is printed on the receipt. The leader informs the person(s) wishing to join the party of the party number. The members will choose “joining a party” on their application and input the leader’s party number onto their application. The party number is what links everyone together. A party may not exceed 15 members.

ELK APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

• Gun, muzzleloader and archery equipment are permitted.

• Youths who submit a youth elk quota hunt application are not permitted to apply for the regular elk hunt.

YOUTH ELK APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

• This hunt is available for resident youth hunters ages 13-16 only. You must turn 13 years of age on or before October 26 and must not turn 17 on or before that date.

• Youths who submit a regular elk quota hunt are not permitted to apply for the youth elk hunt.

GENERAL DRAWING INFORMATION

1. Using the “luck of the draw” method, an applicant is randomly selected by the computer. The first hunt choice is compared to the quota for that hunt; if there is quota remaining they are assigned that hunt. If not, the computer continues to examine each hunt choice in the order entered onto the application until it either finds a hunt choice with quota remaining or the application runs out of choices.

2. Permits are not transferable.

3. Receipt and deposit of application fee(s) do not constitute permission to participate in the hunt.

WMA AND WMA YOUTH DRAWING INFORMATION

1. Priority drawing: TWRA’s priority drawing system gives one priority point (maximum of 8 points) to applicants each year they apply and are not successful for any hunt. Applicants who were successful last year will start over with a priority of zero. In order to be drawn with priority, applicants must, apply either alone, or in a party in which all member have equal priority points. If a party includes a member with a different priority, that party (and all its members) will be drawn at the lowest priority of the application.

2. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail.

3. If quota remains for any hunt at the conclusion of the drawing, a vacancy drawing will be conducted using the applicants who chose two drawings. Priority is not considered in the vacancy drawing.

4. If quota remains after the conclusion of the vacancy drawing, leftover permits will be sold by all license agents and online on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. on August 28, 2015.

ELK DRAWING INFORMATION



1. Four participants will be selected through the drawing system. A fifth participant will be the winner of a permit that is donated to a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the fund-raising proceeds designated to the TWRA Elk Program.

2. Non-resident applicants will be restricted to no greater than 25 percent of the drawn permits. For 2015, no more than one non-resident applicant will be drawn. Lifetime License holders who do not meet residency requirements of the State of Tennessee will be considered non-residents for the purposes of the draw.

3. Seven Elk Hunting Zones (EHZ) have been designated on the North Cumberland WMA. Each hunter will be designated an EHZ through a handheld drawing at the WMA headquarters (dates and times TBA).

4. Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota hunt permit for ten years following a successful draw.

RESIDENT YOUTH ELK DRAWING INFORMATION

1. One participant will be selected to participate through the drawing system.

2. The successful applicant will be allowed to hunt all seven EHZ’s.

3. Successful applicants will not be allowed to reapply for an elk quota hunt permit for ten years following a successful draw.

* ANTLER RESTRICTIONS

Catoosa (all hunts) - Bucks must have at least 4 antler points, 1 inch or longer, on one antler or a 15-inch minimum outside antler spread.

Laurel Hill (all hunts) - Bucks must have at least 5 antler points, 1 inch or longer, on one antler or a 15-inch minimum outside antler spread.

Presidents Island - Bucks must have at least 9 antler points, 1 inch or longer.

Yuchi (all hunts) - Bucks must have at least 4 antler points, 1 inch or longer, on one antler or a 15-inch minimum outside antler spread.