In its ninth year of elk hunting, the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation have once again concluded a successful auction for one coveted elk tag.

Issuing a total of eight elk tags for hunters after one of Tennessee’s newly-transplanted elk, one of which is awarded to an NGO (non-governmental agency) for auction.  This year the coveted tag was awarded to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation for the second consecutive year and put out to auction on eBay earlier this month.

The auction, which took place for 7 days on the popular site saw the bids slowly creep up from $7,600 mid-week, finally finishing at $13,000 by the time the auction closed at 10:30 p.m. on August 6.

With a total of 74 bids on the tag, the process proved to be a success once again.  Each and every dollar generated through the sale of the 2017 Tennessee Conservation Elk Permit will be placed back into the state’s elk restoration program.

Last year’s winning bid was $9,000 and was awarded to Wade Roberts, who was unfortunately unsuccessful in his attempt to take an elk with the permit.