Tennessee's First Elk Hunt Since 1865 To Be Held In 2008

Nashville (AP) -- Tennessee hunters could get a chance to bag an elk for the first time since the Civil War now that wildlife regulators are pushing ahead to allow a hunting season in 2008.

The Wildlife Management Committee of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission voted today in Nashville to schedule the first hunting season for October 2008.

Since their reintroduction in 2000, wild elk have prospered in a wildlife management area on the Cumberland Plateau.

The herd's progress since some elk were moved to Tennessee from Kentucky's Land Between the Lakes has been monitored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Greg Wathen, Chief of the Wildlife Division, said the hunt will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Wathen said estimates put the elk population at between 150 and 200.

Because of the size of the herd, only five hunting permits will be issued at first.

The last elk was killed in Obion County in northwest Tennessee in 1865.

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