Below is a Facebook post from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Since 1993, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners completed 83 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Virginia with a combined value of more than $2.2 million. These projects enhanced 1,481 acres of habitat. RMEF also supplied funding and volunteer support to help DWR with the successful restoration of elk to their native Virginia range in 2012.
Congratulations to these six lucky hunters on a successful bull elk hunt! Earlier this month, DWR hosted its 2nd managed elk hunt in the Elk Management Zone of Virginia. The multiday event was made possible thanks to the efforts of DWR staff, private landowners, and volunteers from Southwest Virginia Sportsmen, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and DWR’s Volunteer Program.
Elk restoration started in 2012 and the ability to offer a managed elk hunt is a testament to the program’s growing success. Interested in hunting elk in Virginia? The 2024 Virginia Elk Hunt Lottery will be announced in early 2024. In the meantime, learn more about the Virginia elk program here.
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(Photo credit: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources & elk hunters)