2020 Elk Seasons

Tennessee issues 15 permits for elk hunting through a quota system. In 2020, the application period will be June 17 through July 22.

Seven of the permits are archery-only permits. Seven are gun permits, with one being raffled online by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation as a fundraiser for the elk program (purchase raffle tickets at twrf.net). One is a young sportsman permit. 

Each permit is assigned to an Elk Hunting Zone within the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Private lands in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott counties maybe hunted by permit-holders only by permission of the landowner. 

Each permit is valid for one antlered elk.

Archery season

The archery season is September 26 through October 2, with seven quota permits awarded.

Gun season

The gun season (muzzleloader and archery weapons are also permitted) is October 10 through October 16 with seven permits awarded (six quota and one raffle). 

Young Sportsman

The young sportsman hunt (the permit will be awarded to one applicant between the ages of 13 and 16) is October 3 through October 9.

Incidental Take

Deer hunters outside the elk program zone (Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott counties) can harvest one elk per year (either sex) on either private or public lands that are open to deer hunting. The elk must be reported to TWRA on the day of harvest by calling 1-800-831-1174.