As of Tuesday, May 1, Wisconsin residents are able to apply for the first ever managed elk hunt in state history, according to the announcement by the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
The state is issuing a total of 10 tags for a bull-only hunt in Fall 2018. Four will be awarded to Wisconsin residents through a random drawing, and one additional tag will be awarded through a raffle conducted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF).
“This is an incredible conservation success story for Wisconsin,” Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer said. “Thanks to the efforts of so many great organizations and individuals, the northern elk herd has continued to grow to the point where we can offer this very special and long-awaited hunting opportunity.”
The hunt is set to take place within the Clam Lake elk range of Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Prince counties in northern Wisconsin.
Of course, this inaugural elk hunting season will adhere to a few guidelines, which are as followed:
- Season dates will be October 13 to November 11 and December 13-21, 2018.
- Five bull-only tags will be issued. “Bull elk” means any elk with an antler of at least six inches in length.
- Hunting will be allowed only in the Clam Lake elk range.
- Only Wisconsin residents are eligible to apply for and receive an elk hunting license.
- Hunters must submit an application each year they wish to be entered into the drawing for an elk hunting license. No preference point system is available.
- A person may be issued or transferred only one elk license in their lifetime.
Hunters can apply for their tag throughout the month of May. Applications cost $10, with an additional $49 cost for the winners.