Elk have the ability to live in many different environments. When in the wild, elk prefer mountain areas in the summer and lower wooded dense forest areas in the winter.
Elk can be distinguished easily from other deer due to their large size. Elk typically have brown or tan bodies, a yellowish-brown tail, and a rump patch. In addition, elk have thick necks and slender legs and can stand nearly 5 feet tall at the shoulder. Male bull elk weight between 600 and 1,100 pounds and have six-tined antlers that can grow up to five feet long. Antlers begin growing in early spring and are shed in the winter. The female cows are smaller, weighing between 450 to 650 pounds and lack antlers.
Mating season for elk is typically in August or September. Females give birth to one or two calves each spring. A newborn calf weight up to 40 pounds. To mark their territory, male elk will strip bark off of trees with their antlers while female elk bull the bark off with their teeth. Both males and females will then rub the seedlings with chins and muzzles to cover the plants with scent. Taking down an elk is surely an amazing experience, even for the seasoned hunter.
Check out some of the elk that our hunters have brought in below.