A Growing Elk Herd in Virginia

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries

pict0249Since restoration efforts to restore this once-native species began a few years ago, Virginia’s Elk have been thriving!  DGIF Biologists estimate the total number of elk in Virginia to be between 150 to 200 animals.  Our Virginia bulls are growing impressive antlers and are now “bugling” to assert their dominance, and to impress their harems.  The sound of the elk bugle is one of the most unique sounds in nature.  These magnificent animals provide a great viewing opportunity–Elk Cows can weigh up to 600lbs and Bulls can grow to a whopping 700lbs! [Read more…]

Idaho Completes Wolf Control Action in Lolo Zone

Idaho Fish & GameIdaho Fish and Game, in cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, has completed another wolf control action in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border to improve poor elk survival in the area.

In February, Wildlife Services agents killed 23 wolves from a helicopter. The action is consistent with Idaho’s predation management plan for the Lolo elk zone, where predation is the major reason elk population numbers are considerably below management objectives. [Read more…]

Elk Application Deadline, Aug. 25

Bull ElkElk were gone from Pennsylvania for about 50 years at the time the Game Commission began efforts to reintroduce them to the state in 1913.

One-hundred years later, the state’s elk herd is the largest in the Northeast and restoring elk to Pennsylvania is considered one of the great accomplishments in wildlife conservation history.

And for those hoping in this anniversary year to participate in Pennsylvania’s annual elk hunt, there’s still time to enter your name in the drawing for licenses. [Read more…]

Oregon DIY Archery Deer-Elk Hunt

Oregon DIY Archery Deer-Elk Hunt

The following Oregon private land archery deer/elk hunt is available! [Read more…]

Chama NM Archery Elk Hunts

 

Archery Only Consultants Elk

The following New Mexico private land archery elk hunts are currently available.

Guaranteed elk tags and the deer tags are guaranteed too but the deadline to apply is “today” March 28th, so hurry! [Read more…]

VDGIF Confirm Elk Restoration to Begin Soon

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has been officially notified that elk restoration efforts in Virginia will begin this spring.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials confirmed the news to RMEF, the project’s leading financial contributor with a pledge of $300,000. RMEF leaders say they will now step up local fundraising efforts to ensure the project, once started, continues to move forward and remains on schedule. [Read more…]

Trophy Archery Elk Available

Adventures West Recreation

IMMEDIATE ARCHERY OPENINGS (2): UNIT 85 IN SOUTHERN COLORADO!

The following hunt takes place on a private ranch in southern Colorado’s unit 85.  This is a TROPHY BULL HUNT! [Read more…]

Interested in A DIY Private Land Elk Hunt?

Adventures West Recreation - Archery Only Consultants

ATTENTION ARCHERY ELK HUNTERS!!!

They had a last minute cancellation of four self-guided archery elk hunters on a large ranch in N/E Oregon.  This hunt includes the following:

Exclusive access to 14,000 acres of private land
7 full days of hunting
Property orientation by the rancher or outfitter
FREE use of a furnished ranch house [Read more…]

Elk Hunt Forecast 2011

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, Mont.–Winterkill, habitat problems and wolves have driven elk numbers down in some areas. But many of America’s roughly 800,000 elk hunters have reason to be optimistic about upcoming seasons, based on hunt forecasts compiled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

(Note: The following data, compiled from state and provincial wildlife agencies, reflect biologists’ best estimates of elk populations. Each year, animal rights activists blatantly misrepresent these data to prop up their argument for keeping wolves perpetually on the Endangered Species List. It’s a fact that where wolves are concentrated, elk herds are being impacted. Calf survival rates in certain areas are too low to sustain herds for the future. Wolves must be managed, same as elk. In spite of the misuse, RMEF believes these data are valuable to hunters and will continue to provide them.)

Following are condensed forecasts for 29 states and provinces. See full-length versions at www.rmef.org/hunting/features. For even more detailed coverage, see the Sept./Oct. 2011 edition of the RMEF member magazine, Bugle. To join, call 800-CALL ELK. [Read more…]

Tips for Field Judging Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.–A trophy bull can turn up almost anywhere in elk country but opportunities to take one are rare. When a monster steps out, a hunter often has no time to count antler points, much less compute scores. But not always. Sometimes there’s ample chance to really focus and size up an elk in your search for the bull of a lifetime.

Will you know a world-class trophy if you see one?

“All elk hunters are fascinated by antlers, but not everyone recognizes what it takes to grow trophies. Big headgear is a product of genetics, age and nutrition provided by great habitat,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Learning to field judge antlers will help you understand even more about the elk you’re looking at, whether it’s one for the record books–or one to let walk away and grow up.” [Read more…]