The primary areas for an elk hunt are New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Arizona produces some giants, but so does New Mexico. New Mexico does not have a point system, so every year you can apply for a hunt. Nevada has a small elk population compared to some other states, but the quality makes up for the quantity. Nevada has some big bulls, but the different areas aren’t equal and some are being overhunted and that results in smaller bulls. Nevada has a point system but if you draw a bull tag, you have to wait seven years to apply again. Utah has big bulls, but there are frustratingly few non-resident tags given out. There is a small chance of drawing a tag, but with bulls the size that they are… well we always apply. And the hunt options include archery, rifle, and a muzzleloader hunts, so there’s something for everyone.


elk distribution map