Chattanooga man one of three successful archery elk hunters

Johnny Delaney with a 5x5 bull elk with a field dressed weight of 486 lbs. taken from Massengale Mountain in Elk Hunt Zone 4 on the North Cumberland WMA. (TWRA Photo)

A Chattanooga man, Johnny Delaney, was one of three (out of seven) bowhunters succesful in taking an elk during the 2017 archery elk hunts (Sept. 30-Oct. 6) on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

On the archery hunt’s first afternoon, Larry Rosenbaum from Dickson, Tenn. was the first archer to check in an elk, bringing in a 5x4 bull weighing 378 lbs. harvested from Elk Hunt Zone 2. Later that day, Delaney checked in the second bull elk by tagging a 5x5 bull that weighed 486 lbs. taken from Massengale Mountain in Elk Hunt Zone 4. Matthew Meyer from Knoxville harvested the third and final bull elk on the archery hunt’s second day by taking a 5x5 bull with a weight of 397 lbs. out of Elk Hunt Zone 1. Several other archery hunters reported having close calls, but were unable to successfully harvest an elk.

The youth elk hunt began on Oct. 7 and quickly ended when Reed Johnson from Manchester took a 4x4 bull in Elk Hunt Zone 1. Reed reports that he shot the elk at a little over 150 yards with a 7mm Remington Magnum, and that the animal only took a few steps before falling. Reed’s bull had a field-dressed weight of 315 lbs.

Still to come is the final segment of the 2017 elk hunt set to take place Oct. 14-20 and is open for use of gun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment. Selected to participate are James L. Blackwell (Chattanooga), Doug C. Gougher (Jasper), Kimberly Ann Mayfield (Etowah), Gary W. Ownby (Clinton), Floyd Eugene Roach (Knoxville), and Darvis Gary White (Greeneville). The seventh permit was presented to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and was auctioned off with a winning bid of $13,000 by Alabama resident Tim Fisk. Fund-raising proceeds from the auctioned tag are designated for the elk restoration program.

Since the historic first managed hunt in 2009, 37 elk have been legally harvested on the NCWMA and surrounding private lands.

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