Four chosen to participate in Wisconsin's first elk hunting season

Elk in Sawyer County (WLUK file image)

MADISON (WLUK) -- Four people have been chosen to take part in the first managed elk hunting season in Wisconsin history.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says more than 38,000 residents entered the drawing.

The winners, whose names were not released, were selected at random, the DNR says.

“This is an historic time for the department and I would like to sincerely thank all those who applied for an elk license,” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. “It was a privilege to call all the winners and personally congratulate them - each one recognizes that this will be a unique and exciting experience.”

The hunt will be in Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland and Price counties. It will run from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11 and from Dec. 13-21.

But there's still a chance to get a license.

An additional license will be awarded through a raffle conducted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

All Wisconsin residents can enter the raffle, including hunters that applied in the state drawing.

The raffle winner will be chosen Aug. 11.

Proceeds from the drawing will go toward elk management in Wisconsin.

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