Safety reminders for spotting bugling elk near Clam Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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Contact(s): Veronica Hinke

RHINELANDER, Wis., September 5, 2023 – Bugling elk have been seen or heard in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near the town of Clam Lake recently near State Highway 77 and County Highway GG. Each year, elk are more visible now through early October.  

As the area becomes more heavily visited by elk spotters, please recreate responsibly and practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Please, do your part and follow these basic safety reminders: 

  • Don't block the road.  
  • Be courteous of other photographers and videographers.  
  • Wear bright colors, especially if you are spotting near the roadside.  
  • If you can, bring someone with you so that one person can drive while the other person can focus on looking for elk.  

Enjoy this very special time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and also please do your part to help others experience bugling elk season safely.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides information about elk online

5 Bugling elk standing by a road
Bugling elk in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Photo by USDA FS.

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