That'll make your hair stand on end. Nothing makes my blood pump more than listening to a couple of big bull elk screaming back and forth at each other. And then calling one in within 50 yards with a cow call or bugle. That's an experience that you never forget.
There are 3 different types of elk living in America.
1. The American Elk:
These elk are the most common and are found throughout most of the west. Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho and Colorado all have good numbers of American elk in them. Colorado has the most elk with an astonishing 300,000. These elk once roamed over most of America. But due to settlers over hunting them their numbers dropped and they were pushed back to the Rockies. Thanks to the RMEF they've been transplanted over to many different states in the last 30 years and their numbers are now thriving. An American bull elk can weigh up to 800 pounds and a cow averages about 450-500 pounds.
2. Roosevelt Elk:
These bull elk can get huge weighing up to 1,000 pounds and cows can get up to 600 pounds. These elk are mainly found in Oregon and Washington. Some can be found in Northern California though. They're also known for being tough elk. They live in harsh climates, thick forests and rugged country. When they find an area that meets their needs they tend to live in that same area forever. During the late summer they like to eat huckleberry, trailing wild blackberry, vine maple and salal. In the winter they eat weeds and grasses.
3. Tule Elk:
These elk are only found in parts of central California. These elk are also smaller than their other cousins. With bulls only reaching 600 pounds or less. And cows tend to weigh less than 350 pounds. One interesting trait with these elk are that their calves tend to look more like deer than other elk. They have light coats with spots and they have a white rump.
One of my friends has had the opportunity to kill all 3 species of elk in
America. In a way it's like a Grand Slam except for elk.
Elk are a
beautiful, majestic animals. Elk are one of my favorite animals to hunt. I get more excited about hunting elk than I do anything else. They're a very difficult and tough animal to hunt. I spent 5 years of hard hunting before I was able to kill my first elk.
If you ever get the chance I highly recommend going on an elk hunt. Once you do you'll be hooked for life.