Drawing Statistics

Elk Drawing System

Elk licenses are awarded to hunters using a random weighted drawing system which began in 2003. Each year, unsuccessful applicants receive one additional "chance" for future drawings.

In the 2021 drawing, applicants had up to 19 chances to be selected - once chance for their current-year application, plus up to 18 chances earned in previous elk drawings (2003 - 2020). 

Elk License Drawing

All license applicants (those who specified "Bull Only" or "Bull or Antlerless" on their application) are eligible for an Any-Elk license. The Any-Elk license is valid for a bull elk or an antlerless elk. Those who specified "Bull or Antlerless" are eligible for an Antlerless Elk license if not selected in the Any-Elk license drawing. 

For more information, refer to the Michigan Elk Digest.

Total applicants: 49,117 (7,396 applied for chance-only)

Total license quota: 260

2021 Elk Drawing Summary

Chances Any-Elk License Eligible Applicants  Any-Elk License Total Chances (Chances x Applicants) Any-Elk Licenses Awarded Antlerless Elk License Eligible Applicants Antlerless Elk License Total Chances (Chances x Applicants) Antlerless Elk Licenses Awarded
1 7,150 7,150 3 3,997 3,997 12
2 4,652 9,304 5 2,412 4,824 9
3 3,370 10,110 1 1,687 5,061 16
4 2,816 11,264 3 1,239 4,956 5
5 2,375 11,875 4 1,050 5,250 6
6 2,131 12,786 3 887 5,322 7
7 1,652 11,564 6 679 4,753 7
8 1,373 10,984 1 552 4,416 5
9 1,349 12,141 4 524 4,716 9
10 1,292 12,920 2 524 5,240 6
11 1,226 13,486 3 459 5,049 7
12 1,358 16,296 2 502 6,024 12
13 1,403 18,239 6 496 6,448 13
14 1,421 19,894 4 517 7,238 11
15 1,424 21,360 6 560 8,400 9
16 1,532 24,512 4 577 9,232 6
17 1,743 29,631 7 698 11,866 13
18 1,740 31,320 11 672 12,096 11
19 1,694 32,186 5 616 11,704 16
TOTALS: 41,701 317,022 80 18,648 126,592 180