Elk Hunts

Elk, also known as "waipiti", are the second largest animals in the deer family in North America. Native to North America and southern Asia, Elk have also been introduced into other countries like Argentina and New Zealand. Elk are larger and heavier than their closest relative, the Mule deer. Elk cows are smaller than the males and average around 500 lbs. Bull elk are significantly larger (as much as some 25% larger) than cows, and can weight between 700 lbs and 1,300 lbs, depending on the elk species.

Guided Eld Hunt

Only male elk have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. Elk antlers can be as large as 4 feet long and weight nearly 40 lbs. Their antlers are made of a specialized bone which can grow at a rate of nearly an 1 inch per day before mating season. Research has indicated that the development and shedding of antlers is based on the mating season and testosterone. As the breeding season grows near, their testosterone level increase rapidly, which causes the antlers to grow very fast. Once the breeding season is over, the levels of testosterone drop off significantly. This drop in testosterone leads to the shedding of antlers, usually in the early winter. While actively growing, the antlers are covered with and protected by a soft layer of skin known as velvet. The velvet is shed in the summer when the antlers have fully developed.

Elk Hunting

Mature elk usually stay in separate groups of males and females until mating season. During mating season, which is also called the "rut", herds co-mingle as bull elk compete for females as well as run rival males away. Once male elk have mated with a female, she becomes part of his harem, and he will defend her from other males. Rival bulls challenge opponents by bellowing and bugling. Rival males will also size up potential combatants to assess the others antlers, body size and fighting prowess. If neither bull backs down, they engage in a contest of antler wrestling.

Elk typically cover large ranges of territory so be prepared to cover some ground during a hunt. I'd recommend that you prepare yourself physically before the hunt, or you may have some difficulty. Also realize that some sub-species of elk inhabit high elevation areas so you may also be faced with some high altitude hunting. As mentioned above, elk are large, hearty animals; and will require a powerful rifle round.

Here are some excellent elk hunts that are available now:

HUGE TROPHY BIG GAME HUNTING 14 20ptsTrophy Red Stag Hunt European Elk Deer Hunt
HUGE TROPHY BIG GAME HUNTING 14 20ptsTrophy Red Stag Hunt European Elk Deer Hunt
$250.00
Time Remaining: 5h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $250.00
The BEST 10 15pt Management Red Stag Hunt European Elk Deer Hunts Hunting
The BEST 10 15pt Management Red Stag Hunt European Elk Deer Hunts Hunting
$150.00
Time Remaining: 6h
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
PRICE REDUCED HUGE TROPHY BIG GAME HUNT 12 14pts 6X6 or 7X7 Trophy Elk Hunt Deer
PRICE REDUCED HUGE TROPHY BIG GAME HUNT 12 14pts 6X6 or 7X7 Trophy Elk Hunt Deer
$500.00
Time Remaining: 6h
Buy It Now for only: $500.00
2014 7 DAY HUNTING GUN Deposit 500 COLORADO ARCHERY ELK HUNT OTHER BOBCAT
2014 7 DAY HUNTING GUN Deposit 500 COLORADO ARCHERY ELK HUNT OTHER BOBCAT
$500.00
Time Remaining: 8h 49m
ELK HUNT HIGH COUNTRY TAXIDERMY BUGLE BEAR MULE DEER WHITETAIL PRIVATE HUNT
ELK HUNT HIGH COUNTRY TAXIDERMY BUGLE BEAR MULE DEER WHITETAIL PRIVATE HUNT
$500.00
Time Remaining: 8h 49m
2014 7 DAY LODGING INCLUDED RIDGE HD MULE DEER LAND ARCHERY ELK HUNT BEAR DEER
2014 7 DAY LODGING INCLUDED RIDGE HD MULE DEER LAND ARCHERY ELK HUNT BEAR DEER
$500.00
Time Remaining: 8h 49m
TRINIDAD COLORADO PRIVATE LAND 30000 ACRES ARCHERY ELK HUNT MULE DEER ANTELOPE
TRINIDAD COLORADO PRIVATE LAND 30000 ACRES ARCHERY ELK HUNT MULE DEER ANTELOPE
$500.00
Time Remaining: 8h 49m
Gun RiFLE BIG GAME HUNT WINCHESTER TREE STAND AMMO ELK SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
Gun RiFLE BIG GAME HUNT WINCHESTER TREE STAND AMMO ELK SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
$500.00
Time Remaining: 8h 49m
DIY elk hunt
DIY elk hunt
$1,500.00
Time Remaining: 10h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $1,500.00
New Mexico Private Land Elk Bow Hunt
New Mexico Private Land Elk Bow Hunt
$1,500.00
Time Remaining: 10h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $2,500.00
Rocky Mountain Hunt Planning Big Game Hunt Planning in Colorado Elk Deer
Rocky Mountain Hunt Planning Big Game Hunt Planning in Colorado Elk Deer
$75.00
Time Remaining: 14h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
2014 7 DAY FULLY GUIDED SOUTHERN COLORADO ARCHERY ELK HUNT DEER BLACK BEAR HD
2014 7 DAY FULLY GUIDED SOUTHERN COLORADO ARCHERY ELK HUNT DEER BLACK BEAR HD
$500.00
Time Remaining: 17h 19m
TRINIDAD COLORADO PRIVATE LAND 30000 ACRES ARCHERY ELK HUNT WHIETAIL GUN BOW
TRINIDAD COLORADO PRIVATE LAND 30000 ACRES ARCHERY ELK HUNT WHIETAIL GUN BOW
$500.00
Time Remaining: 17h 19m
Gun RiFLE BIG GAME HUNT WINCHESTER TREE STAND AMMO ELK SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
Gun RiFLE BIG GAME HUNT WINCHESTER TREE STAND AMMO ELK SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
$500.00
Time Remaining: 17h 19m
Gun RiFLE BIG ELK HUNT MATHEWS HD TREE STANDS AMMO SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
Gun RiFLE BIG ELK HUNT MATHEWS HD TREE STANDS AMMO SPORT TROPHY OTHER BLACK
$500.00
Time Remaining: 17h 19m