Where to hunt Elk
The North American Elk are gradually reclaiming their historical habitat across America, but so far most elk hunting is done in the Rocky Mountain states from Arizona and New Mexico to Idaho and Montana, and the Canadian provinces of BC and Alberta. You can also hunt elk in New Zealand, where it was introduced along with other species of deer, or its next of kin, the Siberian Wapiti, in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Depending on location and trip length, most cow elk hunts are in $1,000-$2,000 range, and a 5-day trophy bull elk hunt will set you back around $5,000 and up. Note that some elk hunting trips are self-guided, where the outfitter only takes you out in the wilderness, sets camp, etc., while other offers do not include the tag.
Tags, Licenses and Rules
Most elk tags are distributed by random draw. However, there are options to buy elk tags over the counter, including landowner's tags. Many outfitters use these options, and if you haven't been lucky with the draw, chances are you can still find an outfitted elk hunt with tags included. Some states set minimum limits to the number of points the bull must have before it can be legally harvested.June 22, 2017 Elk Tags Over the Counter
When to hunt Elk?
The best time to hunt a trophy bull elk is during the rut, when the bulls challenge each other for dominance. The rut takes place in September and October in most areas, and this is usually considered the best time. Cold weather works better for elk hunting, because the bulls bugle more readily and the animals are more active in general, besides, it's easier to preserve the valuable meat. However, archery seasons may start as early as mid-August, and in many places the season doesn't end until December.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (10)
A typical elk hunt takes place well out in the wilderness, and often implies living in a tent camp and riding horses in the true Western style. Trophy bulls are usually taken during the rut, when dominant bulls gather large harems of cows, and guard them against competing bulls. The best elk guides typically combine stalking with calling, using both bull bugle and cow calls to attract a dominant bulls. Cow hunts are usually a classic stalk. A hunter with archery or other short-range gear may also hunt elk from a ground or tree stand, usually over a waterhole.All types (10)
Why hunt Elk? All hunts (301)
Elk hunting is not only an exciting and challenging pursuit, but a great opportunity to experience striking landscapes and immerse into romantic atmosphere of the American West. The sound of the bull’s bugle will raise the hair on your back, and the sight of the Monarch of the Woods, breathing clouds of smoke into cristal clear mountain air will remain with you forever. Powerful antlers of the bull will foster lasting memories of your adventure. Last but not the least, elk meat is not only delicious, but one of the healthiest on this planet, with lower fat and cholesterol than supermarket chicken.
Guided Elk Hunt 2019 United States
All hunts are fair chase no fences, primarily on State and Forest Grounds. With some Private Access available. We do not see how many hunters we can run though each year. We are just a group of guys who like to hunt and would like to meet you along the trail. You want a guide who produces consistent kills even in years when harsh conditions may exist - years when inexperienced guides and hunters fail to produce.
Trip duration: 5 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2019 15 December 2019
DIY Colorado Archery Drop Camp 2 United States
This hunt is a DIY Colorado Archery Elk/Deer/Bear hunt on Public Land. Must have 4 to book this camp for week. We hunt an area with historically low hunter pressure and in 2018 73% of our fully guided hunters had at least one shot opportunity. We pride ourselves on knowing the area and helping you to know where to focus your hunt. We do our best to make your hunt the best experience it can be. This hunt is in the Grand Mesa National Forest, under Special Use Permit From USFS. We provide a fully outfitted camp, with wall tents, stoves, fully outfitted kitchen, water, firewood, etc.. We also assist with transportation from trailhead to camp. We try to provide the best and most equip drop camp, all you should need is your food and hunting equipment. Colorado Outfitters License #2957 GMU 421-ARCHERY SEASON -- Aug 31 - Sept 29
Trip duration: 5 days
Trip available on: 23 September 2019 27 September 2019
Cow Elk Meat Hunt at a Private Ranch United States
The greatest reservation a hunter has regarding game ranch is the fair chase concept, Most of our animals have lived their whole lives on the property and know its bounderies and hiding places, escape routes and hide in the deep canyons and heavy tree cover. Hunting area consists of pine covered hills and canyons with lots of cover, No state license or permit is required. We will haul game from hunting area to a walking cooler here on the ranch, you have the option from there to have us skin, gut and process the meat, or you may do it yourself breaking it down into your coolers at no charge. Cow Elk hunt possible at $1800.
Trip duration: 3 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2019 31 December 2019
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