Tennessee holding drawing for sandhill crane hunting permits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a drawing on Aug. 13 for permits to hunt sandhill cranes.

According to the agency, 400 permits are available and each carries a limit of three birds.

The drawing takes place at the Birchwood Community Center in Hamilton County. Registration for the drawing begins at 8 a.m., with the drawing to take place at 10 a.m. The permits are non-transferable and individuals must be present to obtain them.

Any leftover permits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis beginning Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.

Hunters must also pass a test to demonstrate their ability to distinguish between sandhill cranes and protected species.

Each winter, thousands of sandhill cranes migrate through the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood.

More information is available at www.tnwildlife.org .