Elk illegally shot and killed in northwest Wisconsin

Elk hunting season isn't until October 12 in Wisconsin.
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An elk was shot and killed on the side of a road in northwest Wisconsin over the weekend. 

The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office reports that the elk was illegally shot Saturday morning along the side of the road near Hwy. 77 and Forest Road 174, which is east of Hayward in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

"If you were passing through this area between the hours of 5:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. and noticed anything unusual or if you have any information regarding this incident please call the WI DNR at 1-800-847-9367," the sheriff's office wrote in a public appeal for help. 

It is illegal to hunt elk outside of specific hunting seasons in Wisconsin, which are Oct. 12 through Nov. 10 and again Dec. 12-20. 

It's also illegal to shoot and kill elk and leave it without first putting a carcass tag on it, in addition to it being illegal to hunt within 50 feet of a roadway's center. 

You can see all of the elk hunting regulations in Wisconsin right here

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