150 Residents Drawn For December Elk Hunt
Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials today announced 150 Michigan residents have been selected from an annual, random drawing to participate in the Dec. 10-17 elk hunt. The successful hunters were computer-drawn from a pool of 37,464 eligible people who applied for the hunt. Notification letters have been mailed to each of the 150 hunters selected for the December hunt. Of the 150 hunters, 43 will have the choice of taking an antlered or antlerless elk, and 107 will be allowed to take only an antlerless elk.
This year's elk hunting areas will include Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. According to the population estimate, there are approximately 850 to 950 elk in this area of northern lower Michigan. A major goal of this year's hunt is to better distribute elk within the designated management units. The DNR's goal is a winter herd of 800 to 900 animals. Results of the drawing are available On-Line.