Additional anterless permits and a new December season will give elk hunters increased opportunities to harvest elk this fall and winter in northwestern Minnesota.
Elk hunting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Minnesota residents. Before settlement, elk roamed all but the northeastern corner of Minnesota. Now small herds inhabit only four small areas of northwestern Minnesota.
Hunters have until Friday, June 14, to apply for the fall and winter hunts. A total of 27 licenses will be available this year for elk seasons in Kittson County’s central (Zone 20) and northeast (Zone 30) zones. The Grygla area elk zone will continue to be closed to elk hunting because the area’s population is below the goal outlined in the elk management plan.
The first 2019 elk season runs from Saturday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 15, in both open elk zones. Five antlerless tags and two either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20) zone and two bull-only tags will be available in the Kittson northeast (Zone 30) zone. This is the only open season for the Kittson northeast zone.
The remainder of the fall seasons all occur in the Kittson central zone. The second elk season with six antlerless tags and one either-sex tag runs from Saturday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 29. The third elk season with five antlerless and one either-sex tag will occur Saturday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 13.
The new winter hunt will be in the Kittson central zone from Saturday, Dec. 7, to Sunday, Dec. 15. Five antlerless tags will be available. The late December hunt was added this year to help achieve population goals and to minimize hunter interference, due to crowding, in earlier seasons.
Complete season and hunt application details are on the DNR’s elk hunting webpage.