The Monarch of the Canadian west, a full-grown bull elk can weigh in excess of 500kg. The tasty meat and impressive antlers make these majestic animals the highlight of most Fall hunts for those lucky enough to get a tag. Hunting elk can be challenging as they are a true herd animal. Lots of eyes, ears and noses means getting close is not an easy task. Find one elk and there’s usually more nearby. A hunter’s best chances to locate elk is during the rut when they become highly vocal.
Rut Season: Late August–Mid-October
Before The Hunt
- Use Google earth to scout out areas of food, water, cover, and security
- Look for sign at water holes and wallows especially during warmer pre-rut periods
- Scout carefully with good quality optics and utilize game cameras to minimize pushing elk out of areas they feel secure
During The Hunt
- Elk do not tolerate human pressure. Get back off the beaten track to find them
- During the rut, cows and bulls become highly vocal, use your ears as well as your eyes to locate Elk
- Two-person teams with a caller and designated shooter can improve your odds by drawing elk out of a herd for a possible shot
- Post rut and cold weather hunts should focus on food sources
After The Hunt
- Successful hunters should count on a considerable amount of meat to process and pack out
- The key is to get the meat cooled down quickly and to keep it cool to avoid spoilage. Place meat in an antimicrobial game bag or treat with a lime juice rub and place immediately into ice filled coolers. If temperatures are above 4 degrees Celsius and no coolers with ice are available place meat in a water proof container and submerge in cool water to aid in lower the meats temperature.
- Elk meat is very lean, avoid over cooking and drying it out
- Consult a wild game cook book on various different ways to enjoy the fruits of your labour
SEASONS BY PROVINCE
|B.C.||Aug. 15–Oct. 31||$25.00||pg. 27–87|
|AB||Sept. 1–Jan. 30||$39.95||pg. 45–54|
|SK||Sept. 15–Sept. 30||$40.00||pg. 30|
|MB||Aug. 26–Jan. 26||$57.25||pg. 39|
|ON||Sept. 16–Sept. 29||$48.25||pg. 74|
|YK||Apr. 1–Mar. 31||$10.00||pg. 65–74|
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