Winners of exclusive Kentucky elk hunting permits announced

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - 710 lucky people will win an exclusive permit to hunt elk in Eastern Kentucky.

The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg is hosting the event.

"The fact that this is elk country, it's a tourist tool that we need to start capitalizing on and we're gonna start taking advantage of it," said the Mayor of Prestonsburg, Les Stapleton.

A record number of applications were submitted by more than 35,000 people from places as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. A total of 79,768 applications were entered.

700 names will be announced for the general quota elk hunting permits and 10 names for the youth quota.

The event was historically held online, but officials with the city of Prestonsburg wanted to make it into an event with vendors and much more.

"You'll see it and hear it at the same time, it's exciting stuff and we're excited to be a part of it," said Stapleton.

The Commonwealth Office of Technology conducted an independent drawing to choose the winners.

"It's the 20th anniversary of elk restoration in Kentucky," said Mark Marraccini who's for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Now we have a 16-county elk zone in Kentucky and it's a very popular event."

While hunters can apply for multiple permits, they can only be drawn for one.

Below is the list of winners of the elk draw. If you are viewing on a mobile device, follow the link to see it on a web browser.

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