Minnesota wraps up another successful limited elk hunt in 2015.
Hunters in northwestern Minnesota experienced another year of successful hunts for elk by the end of the designated season on Sept. 20, 2015.
Of the seven hunters, five were able to harvest nicely-sized bulls in the two elk hunting zones. All permits issued for the hunt were for bulls only; one 7×6 bull, one 6×7 bull and three 5×5 bulls were harvested.
“It was another excellent elk hunt for northwestern Minnesota,” said Ruth Anne Franke, an area wildlife supervisor.
She also indicated it was a positive experience between residents and hunters alike, with hunters praising the reception of the limited hunt by local landowners.
“The hunters were thrilled to have the opportunity to harvest an elk in this state. All elk hunts in Minnesota are a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The DNR announced their continuing goal to sustain a free-ranging sustainable elk population in northern Minnesota through careful management practices, and also that having sustainable elk herds boost economic and recreational opportunities.
The DNR sees hunting as an important part of that plan to keep elk populations healthy while using hunting as an important management tool to manage herds and problem animals, now and into the future.
The DNR is currently updating their next five-year elk management plan for 2016-2020 and will be holding three public meetings later in the year in the Grygla, Lancaster and Twin Cities areas to involve all interested stakeholders.