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(Courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Elk hunting application closes May 31

If you’re a Wisconsin resident, don’t miss out on this unique hunting experience. Apply by May 31 for your chance at a 2023 elk hunting license.

Thanks to collaborative reintroduction efforts, Wisconsin’s expanding elk population has had an annual harvest since 2018. This year’s elk hunting season will run from Saturday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 12, as well as Thursday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 22. Successful applicants can hunt during either period.

Go Wild Logo - Hunters Applying For Your Chance To Hunt The 2023 Wisconsin Elk Season

With a few clicks, Wisconsinites can purchase their elk license applications online through Go Wild. Application purchases are also available in-person at license agents across the state. Applications are $10 each and limited to one per person. The cost of an elk hunting license for the winners of the license drawing is $49.

Application fees directly support the management and research that sustain Wisconsin’s elk herds, so all interested hunters are encouraged to apply.

The elk license drawing will occur in early June, and successful applicants will be notified shortly after. The department recommends all applicants check and update their contact information to ensure contact with successful applicants.

The department will approve the 2023 elk quota at the end of May. Consistent with past years, licenses will be issued for the Clam Lake Elk Range only.

For more information on the elk hunt and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the DNR’s Elk Hunting webpage.