Greene County girl kills her first Elk in annual hunt

Greene County girl kills her first Elk in annual hunt

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A Greene County teenager is celebrating after she killed her very first elk. A Greene County teenager is celebrating after she killed her very first elk.
"Most people refer to an elk as a five by five," said Robert Parkins. "Most people refer to an elk as a five by five," said Robert Parkins.
Jessica is only the second female in the state ever to go elk hunting. Jessica is only the second female in the state ever to go elk hunting.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Greene County teenager is celebrating after she killed her very first elk.

14-year-old Jessica Parkins, of Camp Creek, was chosen by a drawing to participate in this year's elk hunt. Only five hunters are usually picked, but this year TWRA officials added a sixth spot for a youth.

Jessica killed a 311 pound elk Saturday morning. She brought the elk by the 6 News studios, so we could take a look.

"If this was a deer we would say it's a ten point, but most people refer to an elk as a five by five," explained Jessica's father Robert Parkins.

Jessica has been preparing for months for this rare opportunity.

"I was confident we were going to see one," said Jessica Parkins. "At first I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it was."

They had scouted out several areas Friday just north of Caryville in Campbell County. Jessica says she is pretty sure she saw this elk Friday. When they came across him again this morning things got serious.

"My heart started pumping, and I started breathing hard," she said.

"We saw it in the field," said Robert Parkins. "She had to go twenty yards or so, it was kind of thick and leaves were crunching. She had to make a good stalk, so she could get the shot. She done perfect."

After three shots, Jessica had killed her first elk.

The Parkins say this elk is not going to go to waste. They are going to be able to use the meat up to a year, and they have a lot of friends and family who are excited about tasting elk for the very first time.

"We'll take it to a meat processor back home, get it all cut up, and the head we'll take it to a taxidermist," explained her father.

"We'll clear out a wall somewhere in the house," explained Jessica on where they will put the head after it is mounted.

Jessica said she would love to hunt elk again, but here in Tennessee after you are chosen once you have to wait a long time to do it again.

"You can't apply for ten, once you get drawed, you can't apply for ten years to go elk hunting again," she said. "I'll be 24."

"You don't see many girls that would get out and do the things she does," said Robert Parkins. "I'm just proud of her."

Jessica is only the second female in the state ever to go elk hunting.

The Parkins say TWRA officials say the elk they killed is around three to four years old.

State officials have been allowing elk hunts since 2009.

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