2018 : Elk Hunting Season Begins (Date Varies)

August 28, 2018 all-day


Michigan’s elk hunting season is getting underway.

The season is divided into three periods. Season 1 : August 28 – 31; Sept. 14-17;  and  Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

Season 2 : Dec. 15-23

Season 3 : Jan. 16-19

A total of 100 hunters are authorized to participate this season. Of those, 70 can take only antlerless elk.

Elk have been hunted in Michigan annually since 1984.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of their reintroduction into the state. Seven elk were brought from the western United States in 1918 to locations near Wolverine, Michigan.

 Michigan’s native elk had previously disappeared around 1875 — hunted to extinction.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the state now has a healthy and abundant elk population.

A DNR elk license plate will be available beginning in December.

Source : “Michigan’s annual elk hunting season opens today“, Detroit Free Press, August 29, 2017.

Michigan Wildlife Council, “After 99 years, Michigan’s elk herd is flourishing“, Detroit Free Press, February 20, 2017.

Michigan Elk Viewing Guide.

Elk Viewing in the Gaylord Area.

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