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Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt
Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt

A Greene County 14-year-old is making hunting history. She will be the first youth ever to participate in a Tennessee elk hunt this fall.

State officials randomly drew Jessica Parkins' name out of a poll of nearly 300 teenage applicants, and she's no hunting rookie.

The high school freshman says she's been hunting with her dad since she was seven years old.

"My first big proud moment was when I killed my first deer. I was just running around everywhere. I had adrenaline pumping through me. It was awesome," she said.

Jessica says while she's excited, she's nervous about her upcoming hunt. But her dad says she'll have no problem.
    
"Most girls, they see stuff like that and they want to turn their nose and whatever. And Jessica, she just dove right in," he said.

Tennessee elk have spent about 150 years re-populating, and it wasn't until 2009 that the state allowed selective hunting.

Jessica and her dad will have two days in October near Northwest Knoxville to kill one of about 300 elk in the Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

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