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262 hunting trips from 79 outfitters starting from $1,150

262 hunts
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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.

Price distribution

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.

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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.

Why hunt Elk? All hunts (262)

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.

Archery Elk Hunt

Archery Elk Hunt United States

We are a licensed and insured family owned guiding business ran out of Trinidad, Colorado. The owner and operator, Brad is a highly experienced hunter specializing in the Southern Colorado area for 17 years. Our guides are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced big game hunters in the Southern Colorado area. Any person looking for a guided hunt in this region will be sure to enjoy the professionalism we offer along with the excitement of a trophy hunt. This hunt is conducted 20 miles west of Trinidad Colorado on a private ranch consisting of 8,000 acres. This ranch is around 7500 ft. in elevation it is located in the second biggest elk herd in Colorado. You will be responsible for transportation to Trinidad Colorado. Lodging and all meals are included. Licenses are available by draw for the first and forth seasons the second and third season licenses can be purchased on arrival.

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 29 August 2019 27 September 2019

$5,250 for 1 hunter
1x1 Spike Elk Rifle Hunt OTC Tags

1x1 Spike Elk Rifle Hunt OTC Tags United States

Spike tags are available over the counter The hunting methods we use are spot & stalk, still hunting, and blinds or tree-stands. The quality in these limited entry units is very good, and you can expect to see a good number of mature bucks. Application Dates Opens January 25 Deadline March 1 Results are available on May 31 All hunts take place on public land and you will have to apply for a permit. Auction tags available. If you are interested in an auction tag please contact us Additional days $400 a day Additional guests $100 a day.

Trip duration: 3 days

Trip available on: 6 October 2019 18 October 2019

$1,500 for 1 hunter

COW ELK HUNT/MANAGEMENT - 2019 United States

Our Ranch is renowned for being home to the largest elk herd in the region. Our herd of 1500+ resident elk feel comfortable wandering our 24,000 acres of privately owned timber property located just a short drive from our main lodge. Our cow elk population generally gathers in groups of 50 to 250 allowing us to easily stalk them. Our management cow elk hunt will commence immediately following our second rifle trophy elk hunt each season. For sportsmen who thrill to the challenge, our elk season begins in September with the archery hunt. We offer three archery hunts generally scheduled for the second, third and fourth weeks in September each year. For shooters, we offer two Trophy Rifle Elk hunts. The dates for those hunts are dictated by Oregon Fish and Wildlife with the actual dates being released in January each year. The Trophy Rifle Elk season generally begins the last week in October and runs through the first week of November each year. **DATES FOR THIS HUNT ARE TENTATIVE – ACTUAL DATES WILL BE RELEASED BY THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IN JANUARY OF 2017**

Trip duration: 3 days

Trip available on: 9 November 2019 11 November 2019

$2,795 for 1 hunter

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