'A hunt of a lifetime': 2021 elk hunting applications open through May 31

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) --- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that the application period for the 2021 elk hunt is open through May 31.

The DNR calls it "the chance to draw a hunt of a lifetime." 

This is the fourth elk hunt in state history this fall. 

Wisconsin's northern herd elk population, centered around Clam Lake, rose to 300 animals in 2020, according to the DNR. They anticipate growth in the herd again this year.

"The elk have fared well in the north over the past year," said Josh Spiegel, the DNR’s Wildlife Biologist in Sawyer County. "Currently, we've had mild winters back-to-back and animal body conditions look healthy. We continue to see a strong breeding class of cows and significant recruitment of younger animals into the population."

Elk hunting season is open Oct. 16 through Nov. 14 and Dec. 9-17.

Wisconsin residents can purchase elk license applications online through Go Wild (gowild.wi.gov) or by visiting a license agent. The application fee is $10.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will also raffle one license. Raffle tickets are also $10 each, and there is no limit on the number of raffle tickets an individual may purchase.

The cost of an elk hunting license for the winners of the license drawing is $49.

“We want hunters to have a great experience and be successful. With approximately 70% of the elk range on public land and open to hunting, finding a place to hunt will not be a problem for elk hunters,” said Spiegel. “Despite the relative remoteness of the area, there are informational centers, campgrounds and hotels. Everything you need is within easy reach."

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