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…]

Discounted NM Archery Elk Hunts

Elk in New Mexico

The following New Mexico elk hunts have been near 20% off the regular rates!
New Mexico tree-stand hunt includes: Sept. 1-6 or 7-12
Trophy field care
Hunt transportation
All private land (75,000 acres near Chama, NM)

Hunt cost: $2400 plus tag $580 and .06% sales tax! Save $550.00

New Mexico semi-guided hunt includes
: Sept. 7-12
Guiding (2×1 or 1×1)
Trophy field care
Hunt transportation
All private land (75,000 acres near Chama, NM)
Spot/Stalk/Calling in the morning and tree-stands in the evening

Hunt cost: $3160 2×1 guided and $3560 1×1 guided plus tag $580 and .06% sales tax! Save up to $900.00

70% shoot, kill wound or pass opportunity rates on 260-280″ bulls!

Von Ramsey host of “Southern Outdoor Experience” TV show arrowed a nice 5×4 bull while filming with them in 2010!

Keith Hartman
Adventures West Recreation/Archery Only Consultants
P.O. Box 2675
Paso Robles, CA 93447

Elk Archery Working Group Applications

Montana Wildlife Federation

Dear Hunter/Angler:
FWP is seeking 8-12 individuals to serve on a working group to collaboratively identify the central issues and fundamental objectives that define effective elk management, and potential alternatives for elk archery regulations in support of effective management.

Any consensus products could be directed into the 2012-13 biennial season-setting process starting in December 2011. The FWP Commission is not obligated to any adoption. [Read more…]

Top 25 Elk Counties


Bull Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.—Counties in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are among the 10 fastest-growing areas to benefit from wildlife habitat protection by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

A newly released Top 25 list shows the relative significance of RMEF habitat protection projects. Listings are based on “RMEF Impact Ratios.” The ratios reflect county-by-county totals of RMEF-protected lands versus current local forces of population growth and residential development, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [Read more…]

Colorado Backdoor Elk Results

Colorado Division of Wildlife-DOW

The procedure for checking is:
Log in to your account on the
Proceed as if you were going to buy a habitat stamp
The next screen will show the products you have on file
If you drew a Elk tag you will have an additional entry for an Elk tag

The caviat is, if you applied for more than 1 choice, you won’t know which you drew. So, you won’t know is which license you drew unless you only had a first choice.

DOW Looking to Elevate Elk License Sales

DENVER — In a new effort to promote elk license sales and support the rural communities that depend on hunting, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is launching a national marketing campaign aimed at challenging hunters to elevate their game by tackling a Colorado elk hunt this fall.

The “Elevate Your Game” campaign targets hunters age 30 to 65 using football terminology and themes to raise awareness of Colorado elk hunting opportunities. The integrated television, print and web campaign, developed with Denver-based 5-Stone Advertising, is designed to reach millions of hunters across the country between mid-February and April 5.

Division of Wildlife Director Tom Remington said that while the campaign has a national reach, it’s designed as a proof-of-concept pilot project to test the effectiveness of marketing to resident and non-resident hunters alike. The goal of the campaign is to increase elk license applications for the limited license drawing as well as sales of leftover and over-the-counter licenses later in the year. Marketing should definitely help with this, especially if the director considers using some SEO techniques too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a smaller organization or a larger enterprise, the majority of businesses will be able to benefit from SEO services. By getting in contacting with an agency like Victorious (, marketing campaigns can be more impactful by ensuring that more people see the campaign. Hopefully, this will encourage more residents to get involved with hunting this year.

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I Dont See Any Elk

It’s the time of year when we start the tag game with state game licensing. We go through our gear to check what needs to be replaced, upgraded or repaired. One of the things overlooked every season, especially for Western game is self preparation. By self preparation, I don’t mean physical fitness, I mean mental skills and know-how! For elk this is a crucial part of your planning. [Read more…]

DOW Seeks Information on Elk Poaching


GUNNISON, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlifeis seeking information about a large six-point bull elk that was illegally shot in Saguache County sometime between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23.
The elk was alive when the DOW received a report about it. The animal had been shot and had to be put down.
“This animal endured incredible suffering,” said Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist for the DOW in Gunnison.
The animal was spotted by a Colorado Department of Transportation work crew on Dec. 23 on Colorado Highway 114, at mile marker 23 near the south end of the Cochetopa Canyon.
The Division is asking members of the public who may know something about this incident to call the Gunnison DOW office at (970) 641-7060, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT (265-6648). Tips can be made anonymously.
If a tip leads to a conviction, the reporting party could receive a reward.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:

RMEF Pledges $600K to Restore Elk in Missouri, Virginia

MISSOULA, Mont.—After years of support for elk restoration proposals in Missouri and Virginia, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has committed $600,000 to help both states restore a game species lost from their landscapes for more than a century.

Both states recently approved elk restoration plans and RMEF pledged $300,000 each.

“We’re proud to step forward and put money ‘on the ground’ for these projects. No doubt, our great volunteers, members and supporters will continue to raise additional funds for both states,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Restoring elk back into Missouri and Virginia is going to be a tremendous legacy in conservation.” [Read more…]

Elknut’s Playbook: A Great Stocking Stuffer

ElkNuts PlayBookElknut’s Playbook is a pocket sized field guide that was created after multitudes of requests came from those who watched ElkNut’s elk vocalization DVD’s and wanted to take this printed knowledge right into the woods. This is useful in practicing and planning your scenarios prior to your hunt, yet durable and small enough to take with you on your hunts…I bring it every time!