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Elk Hunting

Elk application results announced

Thank you to all that applied for an elk tag for the 2020 season! Four applicants were drawn in early June for an opportunity to pursue elk in the fall!

Four WI Hunters Drawn for State's Third Managed Elk Hunt [PDF]


Elk Hunt 2020

The application period for the 2020 Wisconsin elk hunt was open March 1 through May 31.

  • Application period: March 1 - May 31
  • Wisconsin residents only may apply
  • Application fee: $10
  • Tag levels: The 2020 quota is ten bulls from the northern elk range. Of the ten tags available, half will be issued to state hunters and the other half will be utilized by members of the Ojibwe tribes according to treaty rights.
  • Drawing results: Available in mid-June
  • Hunt dates: Oct. 17 to Nov. 15 and Dec. 10-18, 2020
  • License fee: $49
  • One tag will be awarded through a raffle by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation [exit DNR]
  • Successful applicants will take a mandatory elk hunter orientation prior to being issued their license and tag.
  • $7 from every $10 application fee, as well as proceeds from the RMEF raffle, are earmarked for elk management and research in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Elk Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunt Frequently Asked Questions [PDF].

Elk Hunt 2019

The 2019 elk season has concluded with the harvest of the tenth bull on Nov. 10, 2019. The 10-bull quota for 2019 was met with five bulls being harvested by state hunters and five bulls by the members of the Ojibwe Tribes. The 2019 Wisconsin elk hunt occurred only within the Clam Lake elk range in Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties.
hunter with elk
hunter with elk

Elk hunt 2018

Wisconsin’s first managed elk hunt in state history drew strong interest with over 38,400 applicants in the state drawing, and an additional 5,000 raffle tickets sold by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Nine bulls were harvested out of the 10-bull quota, including four bulls by state hunters during the 39-day hunt, and five bulls by members of the Ojibwe Tribes.

hunter with elk
hunter with elk