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Four local hunters win chance to hunt elk in Tennessee

Four hunters from Chattanooga, Jasper and Etowah are among the 15 people chosen to participate in the 2017 Tennessee Elk Hunts. (Image: WTVC)

Four hunters from Chattanooga, Jasper and Etowah are among the 15 people chosen to participate in the 2017 Tennessee Elk Hunts.

TWRA Region IV Wildlife Management Program Coordinator John Mike announced the participating hunters at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Johnny Lankford Delaney of Chattanooga will participate in the archer-only hunt to be held from September 30th through October 6th.

James L. Blackwell of Chattanooga, Doug C. Gougher of Jasper and Kimberly Ann Mayfield of Etowah will participate in the October 14-20th hunt when gun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment will be allowed.

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) voted to increase the number of elk hunt permits from 11 to 15 this past spring. The permits include seven for archery, seven for gun, and one youth permit.

The TFWC voted to increase the hunt segments from five days to seven days.

Bryan White of Harrison was chosen to participate in the 2016 Tennessee Elk Hunts. He successfully brought home one of the three elks harvested in last year's hunt.

The TWRA says 8, 664 people registered in the lottery for a chance to hunt this year.

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