Elk Reduction hunt begins this weekend

JACKSON, Wyo. — The elk reduction program will again take place this fall after authorities concluded the special hunt is needed this year. They are issuing 375 total tags for the hunt.

The elk reduction hunt begins Saturday, November 2, in Grand Teton National Park. The park’s enabling legislation of 1950 authorizes Grand Teton to jointly administer an elk reduction program with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department when necessary for the proper management and conservation of the Jackson elk herd.

Respective federal and state resource managers have reviewed available data and concluded that the 2019 program is necessary. The program is determined annually and is based on the status of the Jackson elk herd, including estimated herd size and composition and the number of elk on supplemental feed on the National Elk Refuge. A total of 375 permits are authorized for the 2019 program.

The only area open to the Elk Reduction Program is Area 75, located mostly east of US Highway 89. The Antelope Flats portion of area 75 closes November 25, and the remaining portions close December 8. The Snake River Bottom between Deadmans Bar and Ditch Creek is closed to the program.

Elk Reduction Area 79 is closed to the program this season to limit harvest pressure on northern migratory and resident elk.

Participants in the program must carry their state hunting license, conservation stamp, elk special management permit and 2019 elk reduction program park permit, use non-lead ammunition, and are limited in the number of cartridges they are able to carry each day.

The use of archery, handguns, or other non-center fire ammunition rifles is not permitted, nor is the use of artificial elk calls. In addition, participants, regardless of age, are required to carry a hunter safety card, wear fluorescent orange or pink, and carry and have immediately accessible non-expired bear spray.

National Park Service and Wyoming Game and Fish staff will monitor and patrol elk reduction program areas to ensure compliance with rules and regulations, interpret the elk reduction program to visitors, and provide participants with outreach regarding bear activity and safety.

An information line for the elk reduction program is available at (307) 739-3681.

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