KINGSPORT, Tenn. — There are 21 very happy sportsmen following Friday's Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting held in Kingsport, Tenn.
That's the number of winners in the 2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle and the regular drawing for Tennessee elk hunting permits.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation [HOTLINK: https://www.twrf.net/] put together seven outdoor experience packages for the Conservation Raffle. The packages this year included:
The people selected will have their choice of the packages beginning with the 1st ticket drawn to the seventh.
There was a total of 102,847 tickets raffle tickets sold, raising $1,146,560 for conservation efforts. Tickets were sold in every state in the U.S. and in 17 other countries.
Raising more than one million dollars is a far, far cry from the early days when a single elk hunting permit was auctioned, generally raising around $10,000, give or take.
Following the raffle drawing, TWRA officials announced the 14 sportsmen who were selected in the regular computer drawing. Four of the hunters selected are from the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
In the image below the names in black were selected for an archery-only elk hunt permit, those in orange were selected for a rifle hunt and Mason Bowden (in green) was selected for the youth permit.
About 10,000 adult hunters applied for the computer drawing while about 400 youngsters applied for the youth drawing.