Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the opportunity to apply for a tag to participate in Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history taking place this fall, ends Thursday, May 31.
"Interest in the hunt has been high and very positive," said DNR deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Everyone has the same odds of drawing a tag, and we encourage anyone with an interest to get their application in to be one of five lucky state hunters to have an opportunity to hunt elk in Wisonsin."
A total of five once-in-a-lifetime bull tags are being made available to state hunters for the inaugural hunt. Four tags will be awarded through a random drawing, with the fifth awarded through a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle. Hunters may enter both, but can only win once. Those interested in entering the RMEF raffle should look for more information on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation website [EXIT DNR].
Elk license applications can be purchased in the DNR Go Wild license system through May 31, and only Wisconsin residents may apply. Each potential hunter may apply once online at GoWild.wi.gov or by visiting a license agent. The application fee is $10. RMEF raffle tickets are also $10 each, and there is no limit on the number of raffle tickets each individual may purchase. The cost of an elk hunting license for the winners of the license drawing is $49.
State drawing winners will be announced in early June and the winner of the RMEF raffle will be announced in August. Prior to obtaining an elk hunting license, all winners will be required to participate in a Wisconsin elk hunter education program offered prior to the hunt. The class will cover elk reintroduction history, regulations, health testing requirements, and more.
The 2018 hunting season will occur only in the Clam Lake elk range in parts of Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Price counties in far north-central Wisconsin, where the original restoration effort was initiated with 25 elk from Michigan in 1995. The herd is projected to comfortably surpass 200 animals in 2018.
Additional information regarding the application process includes:
For more information regarding elk in Wisconsin, including a helpful FAQ document [PDF], go to dnr.wi.gov and search the keyword "elk." To receive email updates regarding current translocation efforts, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select the "elk in Wisconsin" and "wildlife projects" distribution lists.