NASHVILLE — The application period deadline for all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) 2012 Big Game Quota Hunts will run is July 25. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency began accepting applications on June 13.
The instruction sheet lists information about which WMAs will hold the hunts, the bag limits, any antler restrictions and hunting implement types allowed on each hunt. Applications are available and will be accepted at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office, or online at the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed applications will not be accepted. The applications must be received by midnight (CDT), July 25.
Sportsmen are reminded to read the instruction sheet carefully, fill out all requested information, double-check the form, and take it to a license agent where it will be entered into the system. When applying at any TWRA license agent, there is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $10 permit fee for each drawing entered plus a $1 agent fee.
Hunters may also apply over the Internet at the TWRA website. There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. All other applicants, in addition to the $2 internet usage fee, will be charged a non-refundable permit fee of $10 per drawing entered. The $2 usage fee is collected by the company that maintains the Internet site. (It is not a fee that is charged by the TWRA.)
TWRA’s priority drawing system gives priority points (this year a maximum of 7 points) to hunters based on the number of years they have participated without being drawn for a hunt. Applicants who were successful last year will start over with a priority of zero.
When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information, such as hunt codes and their TWRA ID number on their receipt, is correct.
After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold by all license agents on-line on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 29.