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Michigan Elk Herd Catches Deer Hunter by Surprise

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I bet this hunter was not expecting a herd of Michigan elk, complete with herd bull, to amble past his stand.

Be honest, how many people even knew there were elk in Michigan?

Watch and see exactly what happened.

Turns out that between 500 and 900 elk reside in the state, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. So Michigan elk are not exactly the most common creatures in existence.

This particular herd was near Vanderbilt, near the middle fingernail of the Michigan “mitten.”

If you are a resident, you can try for a (slim) chance to hunt these rare beasts. Up to 40,000 potential Michigan elk hunters apply each year for a few hundred tags.

Michigan, however, is not the only Eastern state with an established elk herd. Kentucky’s might be the most successful, but other states including Wisconsin, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri also have them. So in a few years, hunting an eastern elk may not be such a far-fetched idea!

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Michigan Elk Herd Catches Deer Hunter by Surprise