Wisconsin outdoors update: In-person hunter education courses can resume

Nearly 28,000 Wisconsin residents applied for four available elk hunting permits this year, up 4,000 from 2019. The season will be conducted this fall. Wisconsin DNR photo.

In-person hunter and recreational vehicle education classes can resume July 13 in Wisconsin under a set of guidelines and safety protocols set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The in-person hunter and recreational vehicle education classes must have a maximum of 50 people and follow social distancing and other precautions. The in-person courses had been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. Sign up for the courses at .

Time to apply for 2021 Wisconsin bear hunt permits

The application period for the fall 2021 bear hunting season is now open through Dec. 10, but don’t hold your breath.

Sign up at . For 2020, more than 119,000 hunters applied for a permit or a preference point for 11,535 available permits.

Wisconsin elk hunt applications up by more than 4,000

The Wisconsin DNR randomly drew four lucky Wisconsin residents who will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 elk hunting season.


Nearly 28,000 Wisconsin residents entered the drawing for one of four once-in-a-lifetime elk tags, up 4,000 from 2019. The winners are from the cities of Appleton, Junction City, Marengo and McFarland.

In May, the Natural Resources Board approved a harvest quota of 10 bulls from the northern elk herd for the 2020 Wisconsin elk hunt, matching the number of tags from the 2019 season. Of the 10 tags, five go to state hunters and five go to Ojibwe hunters.

The fifth state hunter permit will be raffled-off to raise money for elk management. Raffle tickets are $10 and may be purchased at .

The 2020 elk hunting season will occur only in Wisconsin’s northern elk range in parts of Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties, where the first restoration effort was initiated with 25 elk from Michigan in 1995. The northern elk herd is projected to be approximately 300 animals this year.

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