More than 38,000 hunters have applied for a chance to get just four permits to hunt elk in far northern Wisconsin this fall.
In March the state Department of Natural Resources announced it would hold its first ever elk hunt in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this October.
The agency set a harvest of 10 bull elk from what is known as the Clam Lake Herd. Chippewa tribes will take half of the quota and one license will be raffled off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The remaining four licenses will be awarded through a DNR drawing. DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang said nearly 38,500 applications came in during May.
“There’s plenty of hunters from Wisconsin that go to western states to hunt elk and I think it’s just the excitement of having that same opportunity right here in Wisconsin,” said Wallenfang.
The 2018 Clam Lake elk hunt will run from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11 and again from Dec. 13 through Dec. 21. Hunters were charged $10 to apply for a chance at a bull-only license. The four licenses sold through the DNR will cost $45. For more information visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/elk.html.