Applications available for once-in-a-lifetime Wisconsin elk hunt

The deadline is May 31.

Wisconsin residents have until May 31 to apply for a few elk hunting licenses available for this fall.
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the application period for the 2022 elk hunt is open through May 31.

The DNR is planning the fifth elk hunt in state history this fall. Wisconsin's northern elk herd population, centered around Clam Lake, rose to 330 animals in 2021. The DNR anticipates growth in the herd again this year.

Once widespread across North America, elk were eliminated from Wisconsin in the 1880s. Thanks to the support of many partners and the backing of Wisconsinites, the herd is back. Elk hunting season is open from Oct. 15 to Nov. 13 and Dec. 8-16. Successful applicants can hunt during either period.

Tribal officials haven’t received any formal response from the state.

Wisconsinites can purchase their elk license applications online through Go Wild or in-person by visiting a license agent. The application fee is $10 each and is limited to one per person. The hunt is open to Wisconsin residents only.

The cost of an elk hunting license for the winners of the license drawing is $49. Winners will be notified by early June. Wisconsin residents can only draw one elk tag once in their lifetime.


Again this year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will raffle one authorization to buy a license Aug. 13. Proceeds of the raffle benefit Wisconsin elk management and research. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and there is no limit on the number of raffle tickets an individual may purchase.

In 2021, four bull elk tags were issued to state hunters and an equal number allocated to the Ojibwe tribes in accordance with treaty rights.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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