Elk Hunting

Elk at Wichita Mountains, photo by Kelly Adams

Late September finds the bulls with gleaming antlers, swollen necks and short-tempers. Elk are polygamous, and once the mating season arrives, bulls assemble females, or cows, into harems. A harem contains as many cows as a bull can successfully defend from competing bulls.

Bull elk use a high-pitched, flute-like call, or bugle, to attract cows and to announce their willingness to defend their cows and breeding territory against competing males. The fall mating season is the only time males and females are commonly found together.

In Oklahoma, the largest free-ranging elk herds can be found on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, as well as at Pushmataha, Cookson Hills, Spavinaw and Cherokee wildlife management areas. Small herds also inhabit private land in Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo counties.

Because their natural predators have largely disappeared, unmanaged elk may overpopulate their available range, causing habitat degradation. In 1966, the Wildlife Department and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reached a cooperative agreement that provided for an annual controlled hunt to manage elk populations at the Wichita Mountains NWR. Since then, the agreement has proven instrumental in controlling herd numbers while allowing a few fortunate hunters, selected through an annual drawing conducted by the Wildlife Department, the opportunity to pursue the American elk in its native habitat.

ELK HUNTING REGULATIONS

ELK QUOTAS

ELK BIO


HUNTING & SAFETY TIPS

Elk Hunting: What to know before your first hunt - Hunting Tip
TOP 10 ELK HUNTING MISTAKES
POST RUT Elk Hunting - Tactics to Kill a Late Season Bull
5 SOLO Elk Hunting Tips
5 Elk Hunting Tips
5 Mistakes that Beginner Elk Hunters Make!

CLEANING & PROCESSING TIPS

How To Butcher An Elk | START TO FINISH
Step by step instructional on breaking down an elk in the field - Fred Eichler
How to Butcher an Elk | Complete Breakdown of all of the Elk Meat | By The Bearded Butchers
HOW TO PROCESS ELK | Hunters Connect

COOKING TIPS

The Best Way to Cook Elk (or Deer) Steaks | Reverse Sear
Sous Vide ELK 2 Ways - How to cook ELK!