Elk hunting

News & notices

Lottery results available

Results for the 2021 elk lottery now are available. Check the results to see if you were selected to participate in one of this year's fall elk seasons.

Elk & deer identification

Individual elk are beginning to appear in a wider geographic area outside of their range. Make sure you know the difference between deer and elk in the field.

See an elk, report it

Elk are being spotted outside their traditional range. If you see an elk, report it and help DNR wildlife managers better understand elk movement and distribution.


Hunter choice

SeasonDateLicenses availableZone
AAug. 28-Sept. 5220
BSept. 11-19220
CSept. 25-Oct. 3220
DOct. 9-17220


SeasonDateLicenses availableZone
EAug. 28-Sept. 5520
FSept. 11-19520
GSept. 25-Oct. 3520
HOct. 9-17520


SeasonDateLicenses availableZone
ISept. 11-19230


Map showing elk zones open to hunting in northwestern Minnesota

Elk zones open to hunting in northwestern Minnesota • Printable map

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The Grygla area elk zone will continue to be closed to elk hunting because the area's population is below the goal outlined in the elk management plan.


Firearm legal for big game
Bow and arrow legal for big game



This is a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Using license code 625, hunters must select a season, zone and license type when applying. A lottery will be conducted for each season, giving hunters who chose an antlerless license better odds of being selected.

  • Seasons A through D are for hunter choice licenses in zone 20.
  • Seasons E through H are for antlerless licenses in zone 20.
  • Season I is for bull-only licenses in zone 30.

Minnesota residents may apply individually or in parties of two:

  • A party of two only receives one elk tag to share and is both individual's once-in-a-lifetime hunt.
  • Elk hunters are required to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation meeting the Friday before each hunt.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $5 per hunter. Total license cost for selected applicants is $288.


Elk licenses are available for a limited number of landowners each year. Details and application requirements are available on the landowner elk hunting page.


Hunting is only one aspect of the DNR's effort to manage elk for the public trust. We are committed to socially and ecologically responsive and responsible elk management for the benefit of all Minnesotans now and into the future.