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Atlanta hosts annual elk pole

Chris Lindahl poses with his freshly hung bull at the annual Atlanta elk pole.

ATLANTA, MI — The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual elk pole to kick off the DNR’s second harvest period. The period runs from December 15th until the 23rd.

Atlanta, known as the elk capital of Michigan, was also celebrating 100 years of having elk in Michigan.

The purpose of the harvest is to manage the elk population. The DNR has a third harvest period schedule during January if there aren’t enough elk harvested.

Chris Lindahl was one of the lucky winners of the DNR’s tag lottery and managed to bring in a 525 pound, nine and a half year old elk.

There are opportunities to view elk in Michigan outside of hunting and harvesting. Gaylord is home to the Gaylord City Elk Park, home to about 70 elk. Pigeon City Country State Forest also has various viewing locations at known Elk hot spots and is home to Michigan’s second largest elk herd.