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Tennessee’s Record Elk

Brian Rochelle of Franklin, Tennessee was one of the lucky recipients of an elk hunting tag during last year’s drawing by the TWRA. He’s a lifetime deer hunter but that didn’t stop him from wondering what it would be like to go after one of the biggest animals living in our North American forests. Brian found out—and in so doing set a record for the largest elk harvested in our state. Wild Side Guide Chris Nischan, who was Brian’s guide, shows us how a little patience along with some superior strategy can result in the memory of a lifetime.

Brian’s record elk did not come easy, but he was determined to have a successful hunt. His daddy Jasper taught him a lesson that all folks, hunters or not, should remember. If you’re going to do something, do it right. If you’re not going to do it right, don’t do it.

To learn more about elk hunting in Tennessee, visit the TWRA website. They also have a website devoted to Tennessee elk hunts at, where you can look at pictures from past hunts, get information about how to apply for a hunting permit (elk hunting is a quota hunt in TN, so there are limited permits each year) and more.

Brian’s elk hunting guide was none other than Wild Side Guide Chris Nischan, who has hunted lots of elk in Montana, guiding there for 12 years. Of course Chris is excited he can now add another 5 years of elk guiding in Tennessee to his resume. But elk’s not his only bag…Chris also guides deer and turkey hunts as well as fishing trips, specializing in trout fishing. If you’re interested in booking a trip with Chris, you can get in touch with him on his website.

From show 2604.