Hunters Selected for December Elk Hunt

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced 124 Michigan residents have been selected from an annual, random drawing to participate in the Dec. 7-14, 2004 elk hunt.

The successful hunters were computer-drawn from a pool of 40,133 applicants. Notification letters have been mailed to the individuals selected for the December hunt. Forty-three of the 124 successful applicants will have the choice of taking an antlered or antlerless elk. The remaining 81 hunters received an “antlerless only” elk license.

This year's elk hunting areas will include Alpena, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. The January, 2004 population evaluation estimated between 800 and 900 elk in this area of northern Lower Michigan. This year’s hunt is designed to maintain the population at 800 to 900 animals and to distribute elk according to goals established for designated elk management units.