Yup. Free Elk Hunt.
That is the good news.
The bad news- it is run by all the usual bureaucrats you love to hate.
Right now I am not entirely sure it might not be cheaper just to pay a guide service the market rate.
In any case, it may be worth a look for the select group of people who can deal with the red tape.
Since it is a cull hunt I assume Rangers will be available to identify individuals designated for removal.
Earlier this month, officials with the Theodore Roosevelt National Park put out word that it was seeking pro packers to assist with its upcoming elk-reduction efforts. Now, the North Dakota park is accepting applications from hunters interested in volunteering to help cull about 250 cow elk from the herd of approximately 950 animals that make the South Unit area their home.
Up to 20 volunteers will be needed for each of 12 weeks beginning Nov. 1. No hunting license or tags will be required, and there is no fee for participation. Plus, volunteers may receive meat from up to one elk, depending on each week’s total harvest success rate.
“There has been a strong interest in volunteering for this program for some time, and we are very pleased to announce the availability of this application,” said Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “We have gone to great lengths to automate and streamline the application process, and to ensure the selection of volunteers will be as fair as possible.”