Tennessee receives third group of elk

By Joe Bowling

   On February 14, around 10 a.m. Eastern Time under clear blue skies (temperature around 40 degrees), 50 more elk (six adult males, 19 adult females, 14 males calves, 11 female calves) were released at the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area at the Campbell/Scott County line near Smoky Junction, TN.
   Approximately 500 enthusiastic people ventured up the mountain to view the release. A special ceremony to bury a time capsule commemorating the elk re-introduction program was held before the release.
   The various items included in the capsule were the names of the contributors who have helped make the effort a reality. A video of the first release, a DVD newspaper clippings and other related items of interest. The capsule will be there for future generations to look back at this great moment in Tennessee history.
   Due to continued security requirements at Holston Army Ammunition Plant (HAAP), the installation will not hold any turkey hunts during the 2002 spring turkey season, and therefore will not be accepting applications for any spring turkey hunts. It is anticipated at this time, however, that the hunting program on the installation will reinstitute the program at that time.
   Those individuals interested in obtaining information on the HAAP hunting program may call the HAAP hunt information line at 423-578-6291. When calling this number, an individual will hear a recorded message containing the latest information regarding the installation's hunting program.
   The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) would like to remind hunters that calling wild turkeys from March 1 to the opening day of spring turkey hunts on wildlife management areas is prohibited.
   Hunters are not allowed to call or attempt to call wild turkeys using any sound that mimics those made by a wild turkey. Locator calls (crow calls, owl calls, etc.) may be used.
   Remember that this regulation only applies to all wildlife management areas, not to private lands.