Tribes, State, Federal Partners Work Toward 2018 Wisconsin Elk Hunt

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | News Release l GLIFWC |

ODANAH, WI - Preliminary research numbers indicate elk have achieved harvestable population in the Wisconsin ceded territory. Ojibway Tribes exercise their Sovereign ability under their own rules and regulations to harvest half of this year’s allowable harvestable resource, which is split with the state.

The Elk Committee is comprised of Forest Service biologists, DNR biologists, Tribal biologists, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) biologists, and is tasked with making decisions that are most protective of the resource.

This upcoming hunting endeavor is a positive indicator for the resource. The Tribes have been elk reintroduction partners since 1995 with the goal of someday restoring an indigenous population. The continuation of these efforts from all partners involved will hopefully lead to future harvesting opportunities for both State and Tribal hunters.

“This is indeed a positive sign that co-management of the resource is working, which allows our communities the ability to revitalize traditional life ways and practices,” says GLIFWC Executive Administrator James Zorn.

GLIFWC is an intertribal organization comprised of 11 member Ojibway bands, located throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. GLIFWC works with members bands to both manage and preserve off-reservation treaty reserved rights and resources. Please visit for more information about GLIFWC.

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