Elk Hunting in Wisconsin
Group Hunting and Accompanying Participants
- Group Hunting Restriction: Group elk hunting, where multiple individuals engage in shooting, is not allowed.
- Participation of Companions: People accompanying the hunter can partake in all aspects of the hunt, excluding the shooting of an elk.
Tagging and Transport of Elk
- Carcass Tag Validation: Immediately upon killing an elk, and before field dressing or moving it, you must validate the carcass tag.
- Tag Attachment: Attach the validated carcass tag to the elk before leaving it, but it's not mandatory to attach the tag while in the immediate presence of the carcass.
- Field Dressing and Division: The elk may be divided into no more than five parts for removal from the field, with specific guidelines on how to separate the parts and what must remain attached.
- Transport of Another’s Elk: It's illegal to transport another person’s unregistered elk unless accompanied by the individual who was issued the carcass tag.
- Tag Responsibility: The individual who tags the elk must keep the carcass tag with the butchered meat until it is consumed.
- In-Person Requirement: Elk must be presented in person at a designated registration location.
- Registration Deadline: Registration must occur by 5 p.m. the day after the carcass is recovered and before its removal from the elk management zone.
- Providing Information: Hunters must provide location details of the kill and allow the DNR to collect tissue or other samples if requested.
General Restrictions and Requirements
- Bag Limit: The bag limit is one bull elk per carcass tag, with a bull elk defined as an elk with an antler of at least 6 inches in length.
- Clothing Recommendation: Blaze orange or fluorescent pink clothing is strongly recommended but not mandatory.
- Feeding and Baiting: It's illegal to feed elk or hunt elk over bait.
What You Need To Hunt Elk
- Elk Application: Must be completed and submitted.
- Elk License: Issued only to Wisconsin residents and to those who win the license drawing.
- Elk Carcass Tag: Required for legal hunting.
- Orientation Course: Mandatory participation in a Wisconsin elk hunter orientation course.