Elk NetworkDeadline Approaches for 2020 Wisconsin Elk Hunt

Conservation | May 20, 2020

Wisconsin hunters have until May 31, 2020, to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt, the third official elk hunt in state history. Elk hunting season is open Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2020 and Dec. 10-18, 2020. Only Wisconsin residents are eligible to receive an elk tag.

“More than 60,000 Wisconsinites applied during the first two years of managed elk hunting, and we’re looking forward to another great hunt in 2020,” said Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist. “You never know, you just might be the next lucky hunter out there.”

Wisconsin residents can submit elk tag applications through the DNR’s Go Wild license system. Each potential hunter may apply once online or by visiting a license agent. The application fee is $10. In addition, one bull tag is raffled off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Raffle tickets are also $10 each, and there is no limit on the number of raffle tickets a hunter may purchase. An elk hunting license is $49 for those who draw a tag.

For each application, $7 goes to elk management and research in Wisconsin. During the first two hunting seasons, applicants generated over $400,000. These funds are already being used to enhance elk habitat, which benefits the elk herd and many other wildlife species that call the Northwoods home. Funding also contributes to ongoing elk research and monitoring.

RMEF worked with the DNR and other partners over the years with the successful restoration of elk to their native Wisconsin range.

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(Photo source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)