UPDATE: Results of 2018 elk and bear hunt drawings now available

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Please note: If you used a DNR Sportcard to apply for your elk license, you may have difficulty getting your results online. Due to high call volume, getting results by phone is taking longer than usual, and you may want to wait until next week when call volume subsides, or when results for Sportcard users are available online. 

Results of 2018 elk and bear hunt drawings now available

If you applied for a bear or elk license during the May 1-June 1 application period, you can now view your results. 

Check hunt drawing results online or call a DNR Customer Service Center or 517-284-WILD to find out if you were successful. If you used a DNR Sportcard to apply, please call us at 517-284-9453 (517-284-WILD) to get your results.

More than 7,100 bear licenses and 200 elk licenses were available for the 2018 fall hunting seasons.

There are 203 leftover licenses remaining for the Bergland third-period bear hunt, available to Michigan residents only.  Points will be reset to zero for those who buy a leftover bear license, except for comprehensive lifetime license holders. Leftover licenses will be sold as follows:

  • July 9, 10 a.m.: Comprehensive lifetime license holders who were not selected for a license can get a free leftover license.
  • July 16, 10 a.m.: Unsuccessful applicants can purchase a leftover license.
  • July 23, 10 a.m.: Any remaining licenses will be available to the general public.  

To help understand the drawing process for each species, watch our videos:

Successful applicants can transfer or donate their drawing success to an unsuccessful youth applicant or any person with an advanced illness. Transfer forms and additional information are available at michgan.gov/hunttransfers.  Unsuccessful youth applicants and those with an advanced illness can register for a donated (transferred) bear or elk hunt through the same webpage until July 10.  

Additional drawing statistics can be found at michigan.gov/elk and michigan.gov/bear.

If you weren’t successful in the drawing, you can still apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt for chances at 2019 hunting licenses, including bear and elk – for $5 each chance. Learn more at michigan.gov/pmh.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.