Elk Restoration program was quite successful. Started in 1995 by reintroducing 25 elks to the Clam Lake range it was managed to grow to a solid 200 elks this year. From this year on limited and licensed elk hunt is possible. Total of five licenses will be issued. There are some rules of engagement:
- There will be two seasons. The first one be open from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11. The second opens at Dec. 13 and closes Dec 21;
- Only bull elk may be harvested;
- Areas where Kentucky elk were released between 2015-2017 will be off limits to hunting until the population increases to levels identified in the elk management plan;
- Only Wisconsin residents are eligible to receive an elk license. Nonresident Purple Heart recipients and qualified Armed Forces members are also eligible;
- An elk license may be transferred to a Wisconsin resident youth hunter 17 years old or younger, or to a resident with a valid class A, B, C or D disabled permit.
Four tags will be awarded through a lottery drawing. Elk license applications can be purchased in the DNR Go Wild license system through May 31.