Report Elk Sightings

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks the public to report all elk sightings during November, December and January. The range of elk and their distribution within the range has changed over time, and updated information is needed for planning a population survey.

"An accurate population survey is key to assessing our elk management goals," said Glen Matthews, Northeast Wildlife Management Unit Supervisor. "People who travel in the elk range often observe these animals. We would like to begin recording as many of these observations as possible to refine our survey procedures."

According to Wildlife Biologist Brian Mastenbrook, the Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season is a good opportunity to gather information on elk distribution because so many people spend time in the roughly 700-square-mile section of the northcentral Lower Peninsula that makes up the elk range.

The DNR elk population objective is 800 to 900 animals in the winter herd. Maintaining the herd at this level provides viewing opportunities while minimizing crop, range and forest damage.

To report sightings:

complete the elk observation report form on-line


call or visit DNR offices in Roscommon (989-275-5151), Gaylord (989-732-3541) or Atlanta (989-785-4251). Click here for Addresses of DNR Offices..


hunter25's picture

As I've said before it's

As I've said before it's great to see all these elk herds in places that they have not been found for so long. Most of these efforts have already led to huntable populations in the states that have them. Michigan is where I was born so I always read updated from there with greater interest than some of the others. Hopefully they got a lot of response from these surveys with accurate and usable information. I'm not sure how the herd is doing now but everyrthing I have read indicated that it continues to thrive and provide limited hunting opportunity for the residents that live there.