Jacksboro eighth grader bags 319-pound elk

Jacksboro eighth grader bags 319-pound elk

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Laurel Allen didn't even know her name had been put in the drawing. The 13-year-old says she's been surprised in more ways than one in the last few months. Laurel Allen didn't even know her name had been put in the drawing. The 13-year-old says she's been surprised in more ways than one in the last few months.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - A Jacksboro Middle School student bagged an elk on the second day of Tennessee's youth elk hunt.

Laurel Allen didn't even know her name had been put in the drawing. The 13-year-old says she's been surprised in more ways than one in the last few months.

The eighth grader says she started hunting at six years old by bagging two turkeys with one shot. "There was a bunch of them and when I shot all of them flew away except two. We didn't know what had happened until we walked over there," she said.

A little more than six years later you could say she's a pro. Her most recent success was a spike bull elk. "Field dressed he was 319 pounds," added Allen.

Allen was picked to take part in Tennessee's second Youth Elk Hunt. Her uncle, Jonathan Chadwell, helped her prepare for the big day.

"We went to the shooting range almost every day, we scouted every day, and we saw different kinds of elk," she added.

Despite the practice, Allen says the hunt was especially stressful as the second day was winding down because she hadn't nabbed an elk yet.

"I didn't know if I was going to get it or not. But I knew in my head that not many people could say that they can elk hunt," said Allen.

Looking back at the pictures from the hunt, the teen says she still finds it hard to believe.

"It's really cool that I got to do that and I'm still shocked that I did," she said.

Knoxville native Jimmy McDonald was also successful. He bagged a 500-pound bull on opening day.

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