Department of Natural Resources to allow hunting elk for first time ever

After 22 years of conservation efforts

For the first time ever Elk hunting is legal in Wisconsin.

According to the DNR, 2018 will be the first ever managed elk hunt in the state's history. 

Over the last 22 years conservation efforts of managing and reintroducing elk have finally paid off, and elk populations in Wisconsin are high enough to hunt.   

A hunt is planned for the far North Central Wisconsin Counties of Clam Lake, Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Price. An area of the state that just 25 elk were released into in 1995. 

Ten tags will be available for bull elk only. Kentucky Elk, which are primarily found in Jackson County and the Flambeau River State Forest, are not included in the managed hunt. 

"This hunt concentrates on elk born here in Wisconsin over the past two decades - we do not wish to take Kentucky elk, many of which are cows and may not be harvested," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist.

Elk hunting will be limited to residents of Wisconsin.

Four tags will be awarded through a random draw, and one will be given through a raffle conducted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The season will be open from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11 and Dec. 13 to Dec. 21. 

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