Department of Natural Resources: Elk quota for 2022, hunters can still apply for a tag until May 31

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Wisconsin residents that the opportunity to draw a 2022 elk hunting license ends May 31. Wisconsinans can try their hand at the state’s only single hunt while contributing crucial funding for elk conservation.

Hunters can visit their Go Wild account or a licensing agent to submit their application. The fee is $10 and results will be available mid-June.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Council approved a quota of eight male elk in the Northern Elk Management Area for the 2022 season at its May board meeting. This year, the DNR will randomly draw three hunter nominations and award one in a lottery held by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Ojibwe tribesmen will have a harvest quota of four bull elk this fall, half of the total harvest quota under treaty rights.

“Wisconsin’s elk population continues to grow, thanks to recent habitat improvements, research efforts, and translocation efforts,” said Sawyer County DNR wildlife biologist Josh Spiegel.

Since the first managed elk hunt in 2018, hunters with state elk tags have experienced a very high harvest success rate. About 70% of the northern elk’s range is on land that is accessible to the public and open to hunting. Although many elk reside on public lands, knowledge of the landscape is very important.

Proceeds from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle and $7 from each DNR application go towards elk management and research in Wisconsin, which benefits elk and many other wildlife. The funding also contributes to the ongoing monitoring of elk.

The DNR drawing allows Wisconsin residents to submit one application per year. There is no limit to the number of tickets a person can purchase for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation draw.

For more information on elk hunting, visit MNR’s elk webpage.

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