Points North, Ep. 45: Poaching and illegal baiting disrupts Michigan’s elk herd

Jan 24, 2020

This week on Points North, we dissect how many elk were poached this winter and why that number has increased. 

Plus, guides are illegally helping hunters bag an elk. What’s next for the guide industry?

It's been one of the worst years for elk poaching in northern Michigan.
Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio
Northern Michigan sees spike in elk poaching

Last month, three more elk were poached in the Pigeon River State Forest.

It was the latest in a series of elk poaching that has made the past few months some of the worst in recent memory for Michigan’s elk herd.

Read the full story here. 

Elk guides struggle with cheaters in their ranks

Guides are illegally baiting elk to help hunters get a shot.
Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Elk hunting crimes are up this year. Some elk guides say a lack of consequences for guides who break the rules, and increased competition to get hunters, is hurting the sport’s reputation.

Read the full story here.