Unguided Elk Hunting

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Limited Draw Hunts for Elk

Every state with elk has limited draw hunts of some kind. Tapping into this system requires research. You can spend dozens of hours deciding on the best units or you can enlist the help of a licensing service that knows the ins and outs of the system and has done the research on which units to apply. The largest and best known of these services is United States Outfitters out of Taos, NM. You can contact them at (800) 845-9929. If you want to do the research yourself, here is some information to get you started.

Arizona:

How it works: All units quota limited. Preferences points accrue but don't move you into a different pool, only increase the number of names in the hat. Application deadline: Early June

Contact information: (602) 942-3000, www.gf.state.az.us

New Mexico:

How it works: Most units are quota limited, but landowner tags permit bypassing the draw - but are costly. No preference points awarded. Application deadline: April

Contact information: (505) 476-8038, www.gmfsh.state.nm.us

Colorado:

How it works: Numerous quality hunt units by draw only. Preference points move you up in draw pool. Application deadline: Early April

Contact information: (303)297-1192, http://wildlife.state.co.us/hunt

Nevada:

How it works: Bonus points are awarded, but don't move you up in the draw pool. They are merely more names in the hat. Application deadline: Mid-April

Contact information: (775) 688-1500, http://ndow.org/hunt

Utah:

How it works: Preference points accrue and improve your odds for drawing a tag. Application deadline: January

Contact information: (801) 538-4700, www.wildlife.utah.gov/hunting

Oregon:

How it works: No preference points awarded Application deadline: Mid-May

Contact information: (503) 229-5463, www.dfw.state.or.us

Washington:

How it works: Preference point system in affect. Each point is another name in the hat but does not move you into a separate pool. Application deadline: Mid-May

Contact information: (306) 902-2200, www.wa.gov/wdfw/

Wyoming:

How it works: No preference points awarded Application deadline: January

Contact information: (307) 777-4600, http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/hunting

Montana:

How it works: Montana awards preference points that will move you into a separate pool in the draw. Generally, you will need at least one point for most tags. Application deadline: Mid-March

Contact information: (406) 444-2535, www.fwp.state.mt.us/hunting

Idaho:

How it works: Some quality units require a draw. Much of state has a quota but is undersubscribed and tags are available over the counter. Application deadline: Early May for controlled hunts

Contact information: (208) 334-3700, www2.state.id.us/fishgame/hunt

 

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