ATLANTA, Mich. – Hunting season is set to begin in Montmorency, Cheboygan and Otsego counties for the annual elk hunt, DNR biologists say.
Brian Mastenbrook, Wildlife Field Operations Manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, told the Aplena News that 200 elk permits will be issued for the hunt Tuesday.
Mastenbrook says half the permits will be used this week. The rest will be used during a hunting event planned for December. Over 100 hunters are expected to hunt this season.
Mastenbrook says only 100 permits have been issued in recent years. Hunters have to pay $5 to apply for a permit and an additional $100 if they’re selected in the lottery.
Mastenbrook says a recent survey shows there are about 1,300 elk in Michigan. A management goal for the herd is usually between 500 and 900 animals.