AREAWIDE — Results of the license drawing for the 2014 elk hunting seasons have been posted on the Department of Natural Resources website at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
Two elk seasons will take place in 2014 with the first season set to run Aug. 26-29, Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 26-29. The second season will run Dec. 6-14. An additional season may be held Jan. 14-18, 2015, if the DNR determines the harvest insufficient to meet management goals.
A total of 30 any-elk and 70 antlerless only elk licenses have been issued through the drawing.
Hunters can increase their odds of getting an elk license by applying for the 2015 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $5, and applicants can purchase as many chances as they like. Three lucky hunters will win a package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, antlerless deer and waterfowl, plus a 2015 base license. Only Michigan residents may hunt elk. Winning the Pure Michigan Hunt will not affect a hunter’s eligibility for future elk drawings and will not negate any weighted elk chances or bear preference points hunters have earned. Apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt at www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt or at a license agent.
Bear license drawing results posted; leftover licenses on sale in July
Results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have also been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period that ran May 1 – June 1.
A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 – Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, firstserved basis as follows:
Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 7.
Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 14.
Any hunter, including those who did not apply, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 21.
Hunters are reminded that their preference points will reset to zero if they purchase a leftover license, except for Lifetime Comprehensive License holders.
Hunters can increase their odds of getting a bear license by applying for the 2015 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. See details above on Pure Michigan Hunt.