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Three Wisconsin elk tags awarded, raffle for final tag in August

One more lucky hunter could win a once-in-a-lifeitme chance to hunt elk in Wisconsin.

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A bull elk bugles in this undated photo. Three Wisconsin residents have been drawn for 2022 elk tags with one more tag to be raffled off.
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Wisconsin hunters from Fort Atkinson, Hudson and New Richmond were the three lucky enough to be drawn from more than 25,000 resident applicants for the 2022 northern Wisconsin elk hunt tags available.

This year eight tags were available for the limited hunt, the same number as 2021. In addition to the three tags awarded at random, another tag will be raffled off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in August.

As with the annual application, only Wisconsin residents are eligible to win the raffle, but there is no limit to the number of $10 raffle tickets an individual can purchase. Proceeds from the raffle will help fund elk management and research in Wisconsin. Interested hunters can purchase raffle tickets on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation website at events.rmef.org/shop/wisconsinstate4 . The Foundation will draw on Aug. 13.

Four tags also will go to Ojibwe hunters in the region.

The 25,742 Wisconsinites who applied for an elk permit this year contributed directly to the future of the state's elk population. For each $10 application fee, $7 goes to elk management, habitat restoration and research.

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The 2022 elk hunting season will occur only in Wisconsin's northern elk zone in parts of Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties, where the first restoration effort began with 25 elk from Michigan in 1995. The northern elk herd population is projected to reach 336 this year with new calves.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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