Even with the addition of a January hunt, only eight of 23 elk hunters were successful during Minnesota's 2012-13 season, news sources said.
The Department of Natural Resources added another hunt after a fruitless December season in an attempt to come closer to the annual goal and keep the elk population in check, the Grand Forks Herald said.
"The success is lower than what we've seen in the past and certainly a little disappointing, too," John Williams, acting regional wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji, told the Grand Forks Herald.
Williams also said the low success rate will be a topic at the upcoming DNR meeting with the local shareholders, news sources reported. Northern Minnesota is home to two small elk herds that live near Grygla in Marshall County and Kittson County, with a total population ranging from 80 to 100 elk, according to the Pioneer Press.