06:51 pm  The Ultimate Guide to Elk Hunting: Delve into the Photo and Characteristics of Magnificent Elk for an Unparalleled Hunting Adventure

Elk Identification Characteristics

Body Coloration

Elk boast a distinct coloration pattern, aiding in their camouflage within their natural habitat.

1. Fur Color

Elk typically possess a blend of reddish and lighter brown fur, providing effective camouflage.

  • This natural coloring aids in concealment amidst various landscapes.
  • The fur's hue contrasts notably with the darker shade of their legs.


The neck of an elk serves as a prominent identifying feature, characterized by its unique coloration.

1. Chestnut Brown Hue

Elk necks typically exhibit a chestnut brown color, distinguishing them from other parts of the body.

  • This darker hue contributes to the elk's recognizable appearance.


Elk possess distinctive snouts, contributing to their unique physical features and foraging capabilities.

1. Slender Nose

Elk are identified by their slender noses, which facilitate efficient foraging behaviors.

  • This characteristic aids in distinguishing elk from other species within their habitat.


The rump of an elk presents a distinct coloration, aiding in visual identification, particularly from a distance.

1. Pale Yellow Tone

Elk rumps are characterized by a pale yellow color, contrasting with the darker tones of their body.

  • This coloration serves as a useful marker for identifying elk in various environments.


Antlers are a prominent feature in mature male elk, exhibiting distinctive characteristics based on age and health.

1. Brown Tines

In bulls aged two years and older, antlers display visible brown tines branching off from a main beam.

  • The structure and size of the antlers can vary significantly, providing insight into the elk's age and condition.

Special Archery Seasons for Elk Hunting

Season Dates and Area-Specific Regulations

Special archery elk hunting seasons are determined by specific dates outlined in Section 2, tailored to individual hunt areas and varying by license type. During these seasons, archers must adhere to the limitations associated with the special archery season dates for their specific hunt area and license.

License Requirements for Archers

Archers must possess either a limited quota elk license or a General elk license, along with an archery license, to legally hunt elk with archery equipment during these special seasons.

Restrictions for General Elk License Holders

Archers with a General elk license are restricted to hunting in areas open for General license hunting. They must follow the limitations associated with the special archery season dates for their hunt area as detailed in Section 2.

Restrictions for Limited Quota Elk License Holders

Archers holding a limited quota elk license can only hunt in the areas where their license is valid. They are bound by the limitations associated with the special archery season dates for their hunt area, as specified in Section 2.

Type 9 Limited Quota Elk Licenses

Holders of Type 9 limited quota elk licenses, which are valid for "archery only," do not require a separate archery license. This special license type streamlines the process for archers, allowing them to focus on the specific regulations and limitations of their hunt area.

Hunting Season Extension Permits for Elk

Permit Eligibility and Usage

Individuals meeting the qualifications and possessing a Hunting Season Extension Permit, issued by the Department per Commission regulations, enjoy a unique privilege. This permit allows elk hunting five days before the earliest regular season opening date, restricted to hunt areas applicable to their license type.

Limitations Based on License Type

Activities permitted under this extension are subject to limitations outlined for the earliest opening regular season date, detailed in Section 2 of this chapter. These regulations ensure hunting practices remain regulated and sustainable.


Certain protected areas are exempt from this permit. Hunting in Grand Teton National Park (Hunt Area 75) and the National Elk Refuge (Hunt Area 77) is excluded from this extension privilege.

Permit Display Requirements

During the hunting season extension, hunters must carry their Hunting Season Extension Permit at all times. This permit must be readily available for inspection upon request by any authorized enforcement officer. Compliance with this regulation is essential for maintaining the integrity of the hunting season extension system.

Regulations for Youth Elk Hunters

Eligibility and Hunting Rights of Youth Hunters

Youth hunters possessing a full-price youth elk license, allowing for the taking of an antlered elk, enjoy specific hunting privileges.

Harvest Options

Youth hunters have the option to harvest either an antlered elk, as detailed in Section 2 of this Chapter, or choose to take an antlerless elk during an antlered elk season. This flexibility enhances their hunting experience while complying with regulations.

Area-Specific Restrictions

Despite these privileges, there are important geographical exclusions to note.

  • Youth hunters are prohibited from exercising this provision within Grand Teton National Park (Hunt Area 75) and the National Elk Refuge (Hunt Area 77).
  • These areas are explicitly excluded from the provision, emphasizing the importance for youth hunters to be aware of and respect the specific regulations of the hunt areas where their license is valid.

    Elk Special Management Permit

    Purpose and Requirement

    The Elk Special Management Permit is a mandatory requirement for hunters within certain designated elk hunt areas. This permit is integral to the Department's elk feedground program, a special management initiative that involves additional expenses for wildlife feeding. Its primary purpose is to manage the elk population effectively and sustainably, particularly in areas where supplemental feeding is necessary.

    Applicability and Possession

    • Required Areas: Any person hunting elk in the specified hunt areas must possess an Elk Special Management Permit.
    • Designated Hunt Areas: The permit is specifically required for Elk Hunt Areas 70, 71, 75, 77, 78, and 80-98.
    • Possession During Hunting: Hunters must have the permit on their person while hunting in these areas.
    • Inspection: The permit must be immediately produced for inspection upon request from an authorized Department representative.

    Availability of the Permit

    The Elk Special Management Permit can be obtained from various locations for the convenience of hunters:

    • Cheyenne Headquarters
    • Department Regional Offices
    • Designated License Selling Agents

    Elk Hunting Regulations in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge

    Harvest Limitation in Grand Teton National Park (Hunt Area 75)

    • One Elk Rule: Hunters are restricted to harvesting no more than one elk within the Grand Teton National Park.

    Mandatory Hunter Safety Course

    • Safety Course Requirement: All hunters, regardless of age, must successfully complete a hunter safety course prior to hunting in Grand Teton National Park. A hunter safety certificate must be in possession while hunting.

    Permit Requirements

    • Permit Necessity: Hunters must acquire either a Park or National Elk Refuge Permit before hunting elk. This permit must be carried at all times while hunting in Grand Teton National Park or the National Elk Refuge.

    Specific Geographic Boundaries within Hunt Area 75

    1. Antelope Flats Portion: Defined by specific road boundaries, starting from Lost Creek Road and encompassing areas along Grand Teton National Park boundary and Shadow Mountain-Kelly Road.
    2. Snake River Bottom Portion: This area includes regions along U.S. Highway 191, Deadmans Bar Access Road, and portions adjacent to the Snake River.

    Hunting Area Closures

    • Proximity Restrictions: Elk hunting is prohibited within a quarter-mile width along either side of U.S. Highway 191 in Grand Teton National Park. Additionally, a half-mile radius around buildings, as indicated on the detailed Hunt Area 75 map provided with a park permit, is off-limits for elk hunting, with certain structures being exceptions.

    Closed Areas for Public Entry

    • An area spanning a quarter-mile width along the north side of the Gros Ventre-Kelly Road, extending from the Mormon Row Road to Kelly, is closed to all public entry.

    Legal Firearms Specification

    • Firearms Restriction: Legal firearms for elk hunting in Grand Teton National Park include rifles with a barrel bore diameter of at least .24 caliber and cartridges that are two inches or more in length. Handguns and archery equipment are prohibited for hunting in this region.

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