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Elk Hunt Eligibility and Application Information

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Applying for elk

Applicants can apply for both antlered and antlerless elk in the same draw period. This is for elk only. All other species will remain one application per species in the draw. Additionally, if a person is interested they can apply for multiple antlerless elk hunts in the same draw but only draw one antlerless elk tag.

Spike Bull

With the addition of the spike bull hunt, an applicant will need to choose between the antlered elk hunt and spike hunt. They ARE NOT eligible to apply for both bull hunts in the same draw.

Antlerless Elk Management tags

The Department has implemented antlerless elk management hunts in combination with antlered deer (buck) or antlered elk (bull) tag applications. Further information is listed below.

As a result of all these changes a person could possibly draw an antlered elk tag and an antlerless elk tag in the same draw in 2016.

Deer and Antlerless Elk Management Tag Combination Applications

Background

This antlerless elk management tag opportunity is intended to increase antlerless elk harvest without adding additional hunters and hunter congestion during existing mule deer hunt seasons. This antlerless elk tag is considered a “management” antlerless elk tag without any associated bonus points.

Guidelines

  • Resident mule deer applicant (for Hunts 1341, 1371, 1331) would select the option on their application indicating they would want to draw an antlerless elk management tag if they were to draw a deer tag.
  • Antlerless elk management hunts would be resident only.
  • The option to participate in the antlerless elk management tag program will only be available online.
  • The season for the antlerless elk management tags issued in this method would be the same season dates as the deer tag.
  • The antlerless elk management tag may be a select set of hunt units within the mule deer unit group depending on where the Department identifies the need for antlerless elk harvest (i.e., antlerless elk tag may only be good for Unit 061 or 062 within deer unit group 061 – 068).
  • NDOW will recommend a quota for these antlerless elk management tags at the May Commission meeting.
  • The drawing of an antlerless elk management tag will occur in the order of the lowest draw number of its associated deer application.
  • Management hunt tags will not earn bonus points.
  • Nonrefundable application fees will be charged for the antlerless elk management application selection.
  • If a client is successful in drawing both the deer and the antlerless elk management tag, the client will be charged for the deer tag ($30) and the antlerless elk management tag ($120)
  • Return card questionnaire would be required on antlerless elk management tags.

Antlered Elk (Bull) and Antlerless Elk Management Tag Combination Applications

Background

This antlerless elk tag opportunity is to increase antlerless elk harvest without adding additional hunters and hunter congestion during existing antlered elk hunt seasons. This antlerless elk tag is considered a “management” antlerless elk tag without any associated bonus points.

Guidelines

  • Resident antlered elk (bull) applicant (for Hunt 4151) would select the option on their application if he or she wants to draw an antlerless elk management tag if they were to draw a bull tag.
  • The option to participate in the antlerless elk management tag program will only be available online.
  • The season for the antlerless elk management tags issued in this method would be the same season dates as the bull tag.
  • The antlerless elk management tag may only be a select set of hunt units within the bull tag unit group depending on where the Department identifies the need for additional antlerless elk harvest (i.e., antlerless elk tag may only be good for Unit 111 within bull unit group 111-115).
  • NDOW will recommend a quota for these antlerless elk management tags at the May Commission meeting.
  • The drawing of an antlerless elk management tag will occur in the order of the lowest draw number of its associated bull elk application
  • Nonrefundable application fees would be charged for the antlerless elk management application selection.
  • If a client is successful in drawing both the bull tag and the antlerless elk management tag the client will be charged for the bull tag ($120) and the antlerless elk management tag ($120).
  • Return card questionnaire is required on antlerless elk management tags pursuant to permanent regulation.

Elk Eligibility Information Q&A

Q: Can I put in for both a bull tag and a antlerless elk tag in 2016?

A: Yes, Applicants will be able to put in for both a bull tag and a antlerless elk tag in the same draw. As a result they could possibly draw both tags and those tags could be in different unit groups. We advise applicants to be aware of that possibility and make their choices wisely with this in mind.

Q: How many elk tags could I obtain in the draw?

A: Only one antlerless elk tag and one bull elk tag.

Q: What are these combination hunts?

A: The Commission approved the ability for the Department to allow applicants to apply for more than one elk hunt in the same draw to address some herd management issues in parts of the state. One option approved was allowing applicants to select an option to obtain an antlerless elk management tag in addition to an antlered deer tag in the same unit and season. This same type of option was approved for antlered elk also. The antlerless elk management tags will have the same season as the “base” hunt (the antlered deer or antlered elk). The unit groups for these management tags may be all of the same units as the base hunt or a selection of the same units to target the harvest of the management tag.

Q: I put in for bull elk. Can I also apply for the antlered elk and the new spike elk hunt in the same draw?

A: No. You can only apply for one type of hunt for antlered (bull) elk.

Q: I put in for bull elk. Can I apply for the new spike elk hunt and the antlered elk depredation hunt in the same draw?

A: No. You can only apply for one type of hunt for antlered (bull) elk.

Q: I am in a waiting period for antlered elk, can I apply for the new spike bull hunt?

A: Yes.

Q: I read about the combination hunts where a person can apply for bull elk and opt to obtain an antlerless elk management tag. I had a bull tag 2 years ago am I eligible for these combination hunts?

A: If you are in a waiting period on bull elk you are ineligible to participate in the elk combination hunt. You must be eligible for the base hunt to be eligible for the combination hunt.

However, there are other selections available. You could apply for the combination hunt on antlered deer. Also you are eligible to apply for the new spike bull elk hunt and an antlerless elk tag on separate applications.

Q: I am eligible for bull elk. Can I apply for the combination bull elk and the antlerless elk management tag and a regular antlerless elk any legal weapon hunt and the antlerless elk depredation hunt?

A: Yes. However you will be paying the nonrefundable application fees for each application you submit. You will only be able to draw one antlerless elk tag. You could have a low draw number for the antlerless elk depredation hunt, draw that tag and all other antlerless elk applications will be unsuccessful. Your bull tag application will still be processed and you could still draw that tag.

Q: Can I earn bonus points on the spike elk hunt if unsuccessful?

A: Yes, it is its own bonus point category.

Q: Can I apply for both the new spike bull hunt and an antlerless elk hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. You could possibly draw both so make your selections wisely. Also, if unsuccessful for either hunt, bonus points will be earned separately on each.

Q: How many antlerless elk applications can I submit in the same draw?

A: You can only submit one application for each type antlerless elk hunt in the same draw. That means you could apply for an antlerless elk management tag in a combination hunt, antlerless elk hunt, and antlerless elk depredation. You will be paying the nonrefundable application fees for each application submitted and you will only be able to draw one antlerless elk tag.

Q: I am eligible for bull elk. Can I apply for the antlered deer and antlerless elk management option combination hunt and the antlered elk and antlerless elk management option combination in the same draw?

A: Yes. However you can only draw one antlerless elk tag. So if you are lucky and draw your deer tag and are issued the antlerless elk management tag first and draw your antlered elk tag you will not receive a second antlerless elk management tag.

Ram and Ewe Sheep Eligibility Information Q&A

Q: I am eligible for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep ram hunt. Can I apply for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep ewe hunt?

A: No. You will have to choose between ram or ewe for the same subspecies.

Q: I am eligible for a Rocky Mountain ram hunt. Can I apply for the Desert and California bighorn ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you do not apply for the Desert or California bighorn sheep ram hunt.

Q: I am eligible for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep ram hunt. Can I apply for the California bighorn sheep ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you do not apply for the California ram hunt.

Q: I am in a waiting period for the Nelson (Desert) bighorn sheep ram hunt. Can I apply for the California bighorn sheep ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you do not apply for California ram hunts.