Five Minnesota hunters were recently chosen by the Department of Natural Resources to hunt four antlerless elk and one bull this fall near Grygla in northwestern Minnesota. A total of 1,109 hunters applied for permits to hunt the state's first elk season since 1998.
Persons interested in participating in the elk drawing applied before July 16 as individuals or in parties of two hunters. Three of the applications were from landowners who met the requirement of farming at least 160 acres and living within the open elk zone. State law mandates that twenty percent of the available licenses for elk are to be reserved for qualifying landowners.
The drawing was held on July 29 in three stages. First, the successful landowner applicant was selected and the two unsuccessful landowner applicants were then placed in the general drawing. The general drawing selected the four winners of the remaining available licenses. From the five successful applicants, a third drawing was held for the bull license.
The bull hunt will run from Sept.18 - 26. The antlerless season will run from Nov. 20 - 28.