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How to Hunt

  • Hunting Calls

    Elk are the noisiest member of the deer family in North America. Males are known for their eerie bugles during the rutting season. The bugle starts with a guttural groaning that quickly yields to a high-pitched whistle, and often ends with a few repetitive low-toned grunts. Calves often bleat to locate their mothers, and adult females commonly bark loudly to alert other elk to danger.

  • Tracks, Gaits, & Scat

    Elk tracks are larger and rounder than that of a deer. They have cloven hooves that normally resemble a split-heart shape, with the front hoof measuring about 4 in long by 3 in wide. The dewclaws may register in several inches of mud or snow. Elk scat in pellets with the pellet having an acorn-like shape. They deposit 40 to 60 pellets at a time, twice as many as an adult deer. "Elkpies” average 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

Roosevelt Elk coloration varies from deep copper brown to light tan depending on location, season, and gender. They overall tend to be more dark brown in color with a light beige rump patch. The legs and neck are often darker than the body. Mature males have large antlers that sweep back toward the rump.

Elk have an excellent sense of smell and should be stalked upwind. Scent can also be covered using a scent eliminator spray.

Roosevelt elk rarely live beyond 12 to 15 years in the wild. But have been known to live over 25 years in captivity.