The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for elk hunting licenses and due to an increase in the elk population, more antlerless hunts will be allowed.

The application deadline is June 12 to participate in elk hunting seasons in northwestern Minnesota, which will be held from late August to early December.

According to the DNR, they are offering 44 elk licenses this year, which is up from the 27 that were offered in 2019. More seasons and license options are also available this year.

Hunters will choose from three options when they apply to harvest elk: a license for a bull elk; a license for an antlerless elk, which can be a female or a young male; or a license for either a bull or antlerless elk. Additional hunting seasons will spread out hunting effort, from late August to early December.

The 44 elk hunting licenses offered this year are in either the Kittson central zone (zone 20), with 42 licenses, or Kittson northeast zone (zone 30), with two licenses.

The dates for the 2020 Minnesota elk season are:

  • Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 30: Four antlerless tags and three either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20) zone.
  • Saturday, September 5 Sunday - September 13: Four antlerless tags and three 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.
  • Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 27: Four antlerless tags and three either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20).
  • Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 11: Four antlerless tags and three either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20).
  • Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, November 1: Four antlerless tags and three either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20).
  • Saturday, December 5 - Sunday, December 13: Four antlerless tags and three either-sex tags will be available in the Kittson central (zone 20).

“There will be better odds of getting an antlerless license, and we hope hunters consider applying for one of these licenses,” said Barbara Keller, DNR big game program leader. “Elk meat is delicious and fills far more freezer space than a white-tailed deer.”

You can follow the link below for full details on the Minnesota elk hunting, including a link to apply for a hunting license.