Lottery open for 2024 Virginia elk hunt
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BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has opened the lottery for the 3rd annual elk hunt.

Five hunters will be selected from the lottery to purchase antlered elk licenses for the hunt in October.

The application period for the lottery ends March 30. Applications require a $15 fee for Virginia residents and $20 for those out of state. Money raised through the lottery goes to the DWR general fund to benefit wildlife and conservation in Virginia.

The winners of the lottery must then purchase their licenses, which are $40 for Virginia residents and $400 for out-of-state hunters.

The DWR states no more than one out-of-state hunter will be able to obtain a license for the elk hunt. Additionally, one of the selected hunters must be from the Elk Management Zone (EMZ), which includes Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties.

The DWR began hosting the conservative hunt in 2022 after the elk population in the EMZ reached a sustainable number. In both 2022 and 2023, every hunter was successful in harvesting a bull elk.

Elk had previously been wiped out in Virginia in the 1800s, but a successful effort to bring them back to the state began in 2012. Since then, the elk herd has grown in size and scope.

To learn more about the elk hunt lottery, click here.

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