Hunters opened their wallets and pocketbooks by doling out $667,190 for Tennessee’s annual elk raffle, a total nearly three times larger than the inaugural raffle of 2018. The funds will go toward the state’s elk management and habitat restoration program.
“We want to make as much money as we can for habitat restoration in Tennessee and the important work that goes into conservation,” said Joey Woodard, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation which conducted the raffle.
More than 8,200 hunters registered for one of 14 elk tags provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The 15th tag was the raffled tag.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with the successful reintroduction of elk onto their native Tennessee range in 2000.
(Photo source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)