It’s true; elk hunting will start in Wisconsin this year, October 13 – November 11, 2018, and December 13-21, 2018. Bulls only, but which hunter of the lucky ten drawn in May would want to shoot a cow? In states with large elk populations, there is nothing wrong with taking a cow elk. However, Wisconsin does not have a significant population of elk. Hunting will be not allowed in the areas where Kentucky elk were released in 2015-2017. Only Wisconsin residents are eligible to draw a tag.
The area of the planned hunt is within the Clam Lake elk range of Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Price counties in far north-central Wisconsin. Original restoration efforts occurred within this range with the release of 25 elk from Michigan in 1995. This northern herd is projected to reach a population level of over 200 animals this year, including a high proportion of bulls.
Only 10 permits are available;
- 4 permits will be awarded to Wisconsin residents through a random drawing. Entry starts in May 2018.
- One tag will be given to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation so they can raise funds by raffling the tag to a Wisconsin resident.
- 5 tags will be given to with the six Wisconsin Chippewa tribes to comply with the Federal Court order.
I’m glad to see the DNR is finally opening up a season on the Elk, it was touch n go for a while, with the decline of the heard a few years ago. From what I’ve heard there are getting to many Bulls in the area and they are doing damage to the heard, so it’s time to thin a few out., kind of like what CO. does with their cow elk.
Yeah, me too. However, getting drawn for an elk tag is going to have about the same odds a getting struck by lightning. How many of our fellow hunters are going to apply?
Just about everyone is what I expect.
Yeah I would think every deer hunter in the state will apply, but you never know, some days you just get lucky!
Good luck in the upcoming draw!
A very exciting announcement for Hunters in Wisconsin. Always a pleasure to see a Hunting opportunity open up.