Elk Hunt Application Deadline

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The deadline to apply for the 2005 Minnesota elk hunt is Friday, July 15.

Applications to enter the lottery for one of five licenses are available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us. They are also available by calling (651) 296-6157, toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) or at any area or regional DNR wildlife office.

Applications may also be submitted on paper by including the hunter?s name and address, driver?s license number, social security number, daytime phone number, and signature on an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper.

Applications should be mailed to Elk Hunt, DNR regional wildlife office, 2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15 or delivered to the regional office in Bemidji by 4:30 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Hunters must be 16 years of age by Sept. 17, 2005.

One of the five licenses will be issued to a qualified landowner in the elk zone in a preferential drawing. Unsuccessful landowner applications will then be added to the general drawing, from which four more applicants will be selected.

One license for a bull moose will be issued by lottery among successful applicants. The remaining four successful applicants will receive licenses for antlerless elk. Alternates will be selected in case successful parties opt not to purchase a permit.

If no qualified landowners apply, all five licenses will be drawn from the general pool of applicants. The hunt is once in a lifetime, which means that parties that choose to purchase their license will not be eligible to apply for future elk hunts.

The bull elk hunt will be Sept. 17-25. The antlerless elk hunt will be Dec. 3-11. All successful applicants will be required to attend an orientation session at Thief Lake WMA headquarters prior to the hunt, and will be required to register any elk harvested at this location. Some biological information relative to elk physical condition will be collected at the check station and elk will be tested for chronic wasting disease as part of Minnesota?s CWD surveillance program.