Hunters: Know Your Bulls

With elk archery season opening Sept. 5, and backcountry elk season set to open Sept. 15, no elk hunter wants to shoot the wrong elk in the right place, or the right elk in the wrong place. Elk hunters—know your bulls.

An antlered bull elk is any elk with an antler or antlers at least four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.

A brow-tined bull is any elk with an antler or antlers with a visible point on the lower half of either main beam that is greater than or equal to four inches long.

A spike bull is an elk with antlers that do not branch, or if branched, the branch is less than four inches long measured from the main antler.

An antlerless elk is a female, or a juvenile male with antlers less than four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.

To learn more, check the 2009 big game deer, elk and antelope regulations on page 27.

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