Hunters have until Friday, June 13, to apply for one of nine elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
interested in applying for a license can find maps of the two hunting
zones and other pertinent information on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/elk.
Elk licenses will be available in Kittson County’s central and
northeast zones, while the Grygla area will be closed to enable that
area’s elk population to rebuild to goal levels.
“The number of
hunting licenses available reflects the goals of the state’s elk
management plan,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader.
“That plan aims to balance the interest of hunters, landowners and
The DNR has initiated a public process to revisit the
elk management plan with the intent to implement any revisions by 2016.
Goals in the current plan were established for the period from 2009 to
As a result of lower elk numbers, fewer licenses will be
offered and this year’s hunt will be restricted to two early seasons.
The first season, which will be held in both zones, runs from Saturday,
Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 21 (Season A). Four bulls-only licenses will
be available in Zone 20 and two bulls-only licenses will be available in
Zone 30 during Season A. The second season (Season B) will be held only
in Zone 20 and will run from Saturday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 5.
Three bulls-only licenses will be available during Season B.
said aerial surveys conducted this winter in the Grygla area (Zone 10)
identified 20 elk, which is below the pre-calving goal range of 30 to 38
animals. This is the second year in a row that the herd has been below
The aerial survey conducted in the Kittson County Central
Zone (Zone 20) also indicated a population decline, with 37 elk observed
this year. While the herd has declined in size, it is still above the
established population goal of 20 to 30 animals.
Elk within the
Kittson County North Central Zone (Zone 30) spend a portion of the year
in Manitoba, Canada. A short-term population goal of 150-200 elk has
been collaboratively established for this international herd which
consists of an estimated 100 elk.
Apply at any DNR license agent, the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense
or by telephone at 888-665-4236. Hunters may apply individually or in
parties of two. There is a non-refundable application fee of $4 per
hunter. License cost is $287. One landowner license will be available
during Season A in the Kittson County Central Elk Zone.