Come the fall of 2018, Wisconsin will hold its first-ever managed elk hunt. More than 38,000 people in Wisconsin applied for the hunt which generated more than $270,000 for elk conservation efforts in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) set a quota of 10 bull elk. Five of those permits go to the Chippewa tribes, four will be awarded via a DNR draw and the remaining license will be raffled off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. RMEF supports the hunt which will only take place in the Clam Lake area.
“This is the culmination of more than two decades of elk-related conservation work,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “RMEF has been involved with reintroduction efforts in Wisconsin dating back to 1995 and continues to put funds on the ground to benefit the state’s elk herds and elk habitat.”
RMEF has two dozen chapters and more than 9,700 members in Wisconsin,
Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 455 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Wisconsin with a combined value of more than $8.6 million. Of that total, more than $1.6 million went specifically toward elk reintroduction and other conservation work.
RMEF is standing by to assist with further Wisconsin elk restoration efforts expected in 2019.
(Photo source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)