March 24, 2018

Elk Hunt Gets Slow Start

elk-buglingThe archery season elk hunt in Island Park is off to a fairly slow start this year. It’s been warm and the elk haven’t started bugling in earnest yet, making them difficult to find. There seems to have been more hunters this year than in years past, but that’s just my observation and not a scientific opinion. For the hunt to really take off, we’re going to need a three or four really hard freezes in a row to get things moving.

The one area that is the exception in this year’s hunt is Ferguson’s elk ranch over by Meadow Creek lodge. If you have enough money, they’ll lead out whatever size bull you want to kill and you can stick an arrow in it. If you have more money than time, and if having something hanging on your wall is more important than the challenge of the hunt, give them a call. It’s always great hunting on the elk ranch.

For the rest of us, we’ll wait for the colder weather to get here and take our chances. I think for most people, it’s not the kill. It’s getting outside and smelling the pine trees and just generally renewing ones self. There’s no better place than here for R&R. See you when the temperatures drop and the elk start bugling!


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