Michigan elk (Don't forget about us!)

by Dave
(Michigan)

5x6 bull and cow

5x6 bull and cow

5x6 bull and cow

Cows that got away...
...and the one that didn't. Nice 7x7

Just got back from elk hunting here in Michigan. (Didn't get drawn for a tag so had to shoot with my Nikon.) Barely got into the woods at Pigeon River State Forest and ran into about 20 elk. Got to see a few successful hunts and my Uncle filled his cow tag. Very mild December, no snow and temps in the 40's didn't help the hunting, and crunchy leaves and thick woods made it that much harder.

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Feb 04, 2013
Here's hoping...
by: Dave (MI)

I wish I had been putting in since the lottery started, and hopefully I'll get drawn before I get too old to hunt. I've been to the area several times, with the intent, but not the expectation to see anything. Surprisingly, I've seen elk every time I went looking for them. I can only hope that if I do get drawn that luck will continue. As much as I'd like to take one with a bow, I do not want to risk missing any opportunity. I've also been applying for the Kentucky elk lottery.

Feb 04, 2013
MICHIGAN HUNT
by: Don (Michigan)

I drew a once in a lifetime Michigan cow elk tag back in 1994. HUnted public land on a do-it-yourself hunt. Chased them with stick and string for better part of a week. Finally on the next to the last day of my hunt I pulled out the 30-06 equalizer and put a cow down at 75 yards. Seen lots of elk everyday. As luck would have it I could have shot a nice 6 X 6 bull at 45 yards with archery gear on day 4, but had to watch him simply walk away. I have hunted elk on numerous occasions in Colorado, Washington State & Idaho all have been public land "do-it-yourself archery hunts" and none of them compare to the Michigan hunt in quality of bulls and number of elk seen. If you are blessed and happen to draw a Michigan tag you my friend are in for a hunt of a lifetime.

Dec 09, 2012
Odds of drawing a MI elk tag
by: Dave MI

Per the guys successful in drawing a tag, the DNR said that, including "extra chances" (one additional entry for each year not drawn for a tag) there were over 168,000 entries this year - and 200 tags issued.
I hate doing the math, but that works out to 1 in 840.

Dec 09, 2012
Michigan Elk Hunting
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

It's good to see the Michigan elk hunting photos! According to Michigan's DNR, the elk in Michigan disappeared in the late 1800s. A small herd of 7 was reintroduced in 1917. Limited hunts were allowed in 1964 and 65.

The herd dropped from 1500 to 200 due to poaching and reduced habitat. It grew back up to 850 by 1984, when elk hunting was allowed again. There are still 800 to 900 elk, which DNR considers to be the optimal winter herd population.

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