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Elk Tags Probably Down in Michigan for 2011

A proposal presented to the Natural Resources Commission, and is expected to pass at the April 7 meeting, would reduce the number of elk tags given for the 2011 season. The amount of tags recommended will be 155, with 55 valid for any elk, and 100 for a cow or calf only. This is down from the 230 that were given for the 2010 season. This is being done in order to maintain the number of Michigan's elk herd (before calving) at 800-900 animals. In 2010, 38,592 applications were submitted for the 230 tags that were given out.

 

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Since I know nothing about

Since I know nothing about the elk herd there does this mean the population is down more than normal due to weather or other reasons or was the success higher than expected last year?

Good to see that they are able to give that many tags anyway and that the herd is doing that well with nearly 1,000 animals.

Your going to have a hard time getting one of those tags though as the odds are nearly 250 to 1.

Good luck if you applied for one though.

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does this mean the population

does this mean the population is down more than normal due to weather or other reasons or was the success higher than expected last year?

Well, they didn't say why, only that their winter survey gave an estimate of about 775 elk, and that's below their target number. With a fairly low number of animals like this, and the fact that they live in a relatively small area, I suppose that this is a fairly easy number to calculate - even though it's an estimate. They can then adjust it each year, if necessary to stay within the target range of 800-900.

I don't even bother to apply. Successful applicants must attend a mandatory half-day class with the DNR, register their kill, etc. Too much hassle and red tape for my style.

 

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