Rob Lindberg, of Jamestown, North Dakota, harvested a once-in-a-lifetime cow elk in western North Dakota on Sept. 12.
The elk had been outfitted by the North Dakota Game and Fish with a remote-controlled GPS transmitter collar to monitor its activity. Lindberg found the elk approximately 30 miles northwest of Medora while hunting with his son, Ryan Lindberg, of Fargo.
"Very few elk receive these transmitters so it is very rare to have an elk harvested with a transmitter attached to it," Lindberg said in an email to The Sun.
He said according to North Dakota Game and Fish Big Game Management Supervisor Bruce Stillings, the state agency knew immediately when the elk had been harvested. The elk head with the remote-controlled collar was returned to Game and Fish for analysis.
"Apparently it went into 'mortality mode,'" Lindberg said. "(Game and Fish) will analyze all the data from the elk and will be sending me a complete history of this elk."
Lindberg was selected for the elk permit last April.
"This is a permit that is once in a person's lifetime in North Dakota," Lindberg said.