2002 Elk Quota Hunts

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Ten lucky hunters' names were randomly drawn in Hazard, Kentucky, Saturday afternoon to determine who will participate in the 2002 Elk Quota Hunts this fall.

Several hundred people were on hand for the drawing conducted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) at the Hazard National Guard Armory. Officials with the Kentucky State Auditor's office monitored the drawing.

Volunteer children from the crowd selected 10 name cards from a lottery drum containing names of 4,781 applicants. Four bull tags were awarded and six cow tags. All hunters drawn were Kentucky residents for the second straight year.

In addition to the four people drawn for a bull tag, two other hunters purchased a bull tag through public auctions conducted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Shikar Safari International conservation organization. These organizations were each awarded one bull tag through a competitive petition process by the KDFWR Commission. These special permits are used to raise funds for the ongoing elk restoration project in Southeast Kentucky.

The Kentucky bull elk quota hunt will be October 5-11, and the cow elk quota hunt will be Dec. 7-13. KDFWR biologists estimate Kentucky's herd at 2,000 animals presently, making it the largest free-ranging elk herd in the Eastern United States.