131 hunters succeed in the December elk hunt in northern Michigan
LANSING, MI – Perfect weather conditions contributed to the success of the Michigan elk hunt in December.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 131 hunters in the state harvested elk (46 bulls, 72 cows, and 13 calves) and one Pure Michigan Hunt winner harvested one bull during the season; the second of two scheduled for this fall and winter.
The the first elk season was in September and October 2020 and is designed to target elk outside of their traditional range.
The December season is used to manage the overall number of elk, including those from the main elk management area, which includes the counties of Presque Isle, Montmorency, Cheboygan, Otsego, Alpena, Oscoda, Charlevoix, Alcona and Crawford
In total, hunters in Hunt Period 1 and 2 harvested 214 elk, and all three Pure Michigan Hunt winners harvested bulls.
The weather during the nine day December season was almost ideal for hunters in the field with temperatures consistently below zero with multiple fresh and light snowfalls. The snow cover remained throughout the hunt, providing excellent tracking conditions, according to the MRN.
“It was truly the experience of a lifetime, and I was blessed to have successfully shot my elk,” said hunter Brent Tackett.
Tackett is pictured above with guide Mike Kruppnek and the elk he caught.
“You will see the woods at the back of the photo, this is the type of wood I walked through, over 120 yards up a hill where the moose was momentarily standing,” he said.
“I really had no idea Michigan had so many steep hills and that I would have to follow elk on hundreds of them. The prize was to get my elk on a successful hunt, it was an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Elk permits are very limited in Michigan and are only available by lottery. For more information on future hunts, Click here.