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Wis. DNR Board Moves Forward with Dropping Elk Hunt Population Quota

The Wisconsin DNR wants to drop a requirement that the elk population reach a certain level before hunts can be held. The Wisconsin DNR wants to drop a requirement that the elk population reach a certain level before hunts can be held. |  Photo: Wisconsin DNR, file

October 25, 2017 06:41 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources' board has authorized the agency to start working toward dropping population restrictions barring an elk hunt.

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The DNR has been importing elk from Kentucky to bolster a herd in Ashland County and establish a second herd in Jackson County with the ultimate goal of setting up a hunting season.

DNR rules prohibit a hunt until the Ashland County herd grows to at least 200 and the Jackson County herd gets to 150. The Ashland County herd stands around 180 and Jackson County around 60.

DNR officials have proposed eliminating the population minimums, saying they're arbitrary and they can manage the herds with science.

The DNR board authorized the agency Wednesday to begin the process of dropping the minimums from the rule, starting with public hearings.


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