Because it can be so difficult for hunters to procure an elk tag in many of the eastern states, many hunters have turned their sites to the many states out west. The elk population in the western states is much greater than that in the east, so there are a greater number of elk permits available to hunters. Because there are fewer people and a greater amount of land preserved for these massive animals to roam, the hunter is sure to have a great time on elk hunting trips out west.
Hunters have a variety of states to choose from when looking for locations out west to hunt; from Montana, to Idaho, or New Mexico, a hunter can choose the area right for him. The hunter will also encounter many different types of terrain, from grassy rolling fields, to steep mountain cliffs. An elk hunt in the western states is sure to offer a hunting experience unlike any other.
Most elk hunters prefer to hire a guide to take them on their elk hunt. There are a variety of elk services available in a variety of different price ranges, and many offer the hunter customizable packages to fit his budget. Some services offer just the guide for the hunt, while others have the full nine yards available, from lodging, food, to transportation. For those not offering lodging, many services can give recommendations for places in the area to stay. Some services also offer elk hunting locations so remote that a helicopter flies the hunters to the location where they set up camp and search for their trophies.
A guide service will be the hunter’s best resource for his elk hunting trip. The service will be able to recommend what the hunter should pack in terms of hunting apparel and equipment to prepare for his trip. Depending on location and time of the year, there could be a variety of different things the hunter may need for a successful hunt. Be sure to ask as many questions as necessary and be confident in the services’ ability.
The first step in planning an elk hunting trip out west is doing research; the internet will be the hunter’s best resource when looking for guide services and locations to hunt. Also be aware of the necessary licenses required to hunt elk and all of the rules and regulations set forth by the state. With a little planning and research a hunter can be off and planning next season’s elk hunt in one of the great western states.