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Elk Hunting - From Arizona and New Mexico, up through the Rocky Mountain States of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana - and finally north into British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, we?e put together a great selection of Elk hunts, 81 in total. Elk hunts from reputable big game hunting guides and outfitters for that once-in-a-lifetime hunting experience. Guided and self-guided (drop camps) bow and gun Elk hunts.


Top 10 Elk Hunts (Gun)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1616$3,767
New Mexico99$5,150
Montana44$4,525
British Columbia33$6,342
Arizona33$5,500
Wyoming22$5,400
Idaho11$3,750
Alberta11$5,000
Utah11$5,500

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Top 10 Elk Hunts (Bow)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1617$3,690
New Mexico99$4,792
Montana44$4,525
British Columbia33$6,342
Arizona33$5,500
Wyoming22$5,400
Idaho11$3,750
Alberta11$4,250
Utah11$5,500

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Elk Guide (Cervus elaphus)One of the largest of game animals in North America, predominantly makes its home in the Rocky Mountain regions. In the deer family, only the moose is larger. Elk have two lesser known sub-species.

  • Roosevelt elk primarily inhabits the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and the coastal regions of Oregon, Washington and northern California. Mature Roosevelt elk bulls have antlers that are more massive than the Rocky Mountain elk, however they will usually be shorter and not as widespread.
  • The Tule elk is very limited in its range and currently only inhabits California.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand and Argentina.

Adult elk usually stay in single-sex groups for most of the year. During the mating period known as the rut, mature bulls compete for the attentions of the cows and will try to defend females in their harem. Rival bulls challenge opponents by bellowing and by paralleling each other, walking back and forth. This allows potential combatants to assess the others antlers, body size and fighting prowess. If neither bull backs down, they engage in antler wrestling, and bulls sometimes sustain serious injuries. Bulls also dig holes in the ground, in which they urinate and roll their body. The urine soaks into their hair and gives them a distinct smell which attracts cows.

Dominant bulls follow groups of cows during the rut, from August into early winter. A bull will defend his harem of 20 cows or more from competing bulls and predators. Only mature bulls have large harems and breeding success peaks at about eight years of age. Bulls between two to four years and over 11 years of age rarely have harems, and spend most of the rut on the periphery of larger harems. Young and old bulls that do acquire a harem hold it later in the breeding season than do bulls in their prime. A bull with a harem rarely feeds and he may lose up to 20 percent of his body weight. Bulls that enter the rut in poor condition are less likely to make it through to the peak conception period or have the strength to survive the rigors of the oncoming winter.

Bulls have a loud vocalization consisting of screams known as bugling, which can be heard for miles. Bugling is often associated with an adaptation to open environments such as parklands, meadows, and savannas, where sound can travel great distances. Females are attracted to the males that bugle more often and have the loudest call. Bugling is most common early and late in the day and is one of the most distinctive sounds in nature, akin to the howl of the gray wolf.

Elk are ruminants and therefore have four chambered stomachs. Unlike whitetail deer and moose which are primarily browsers, elk have a similarity to cattle as they are primarily grazers, but like other deer, they also browse. Elk have a tendency to do most of their feeding in the mornings and evenings, seeking sheltered areas in between feedings to digest. Their diets vary somewhat depending on the season with native grasses being a year round supplement, tree bark being consumed in winter and forbs and tree sprouts during the summer. Elk consume an average of 20 pounds of food daily.

As is true for many species of deer, especially those in mountainous regions, elk migrate into areas of higher altitude in the spring, following the retreating snows, and the opposite direction in the fall. Hunting pressure also impacts migration and movements. During the winter, they favor wooded areas and sheltered valleys for protection from the wind and availability of tree bark to eat. Roosevelt elk are generally non-migratory due to less seasonal variability of food sources.

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Compass West Outfitters
Providing the discriminating sportsman with the very finest in Western big game hunting. Customized trips range from fully guided premium trophy hunts, to drop camp hunts in Colorado for the do-it-yourself hunters. We have guaranteed trophy tags, limited entry draw units and over the counter Colorado hunts. We offer hunts for almost any animal you can think of in the Western United States including mule deer, elk, bear, antelope, oryx, bison, lion, ibex and sheep. Allow us to customize a package to fit your dreams.

Our office is located in the northwestern corner of New Mexico just south of Durango, Colorado. This location allows for easy access to the exceptional guided hunting in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Colorado. We guide in these areas full time for this single reason, we feel that they offer the very best opportunity for us to put together an exceptional hunting experience for our guests.

Our New Mexico guided deer and elk hunts are offered in only the finest trophy producing areas of the state. We specialize in guided hunting trips for the monster mule deer and bull elk of our home state including guided hunting for mule deer in unit 2A, unit 2B, unit 2C and unit 7 for trophy bucks and chasing the monster bulls of the Gilas renowned units offering guided elk hunts in unit 16A, unit 16C, unit 34, unit 36, unit 37, unit 17 and unit 13 as well as all the other trophy producing units.

We offer incredible trophy hunting in limited draw units of Utah, Arizona and Nevada. We hunt only the premium trophy producing units and we specialize in guaranteed tags for Nevada and Utah but also work closely with clients to assist in gaining the preference points needed to draw the very best areas. My Colorado area offers over-the-counter bow licenses for bull elk as well as second and third rifle season over-the-counter bull tags and combo hunts for mule deer and bear at the same time you are hunting elk.

We also have a special opportunity to offer spot and stalk hunts for free range oryx here in New Mexico on top of all the other great guided hunt we have to offer. We have on foot glass and stalk hunting for monster bruins in Colorado where the use of dogs is not allowed.
Species Offered
Antelope
Deer - Mule
Elk

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