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Bowhunting Roosevelt Elk in the Lower 48

Roosevelt Elk are elk that are taken on Afognak and Raspberry Islands in Alaska, Vancouver Island and the lower mainland in British Columbia, and parts of Oregon and Washington. The large, mature Roosevelt Elk bulls will often times have "crown points" which project at different angles off the main beam. Some of the most famous Roosevelt Elk hunting in North America is on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These bowhunts are very expensive but often times produce exceptional trophies. Permits are very limited, and not very many bowhunters can afford the hunts. Bowhunting Roosevelt Elk on Afognak Island in Alaska is a very difficult bowhunt and those looking for good Roosevelt bowhunts at reasonable pricing should consider Oregon as a primary destination.

Elk

The majority of the three plus million bowhunters in North America live in areas where whitetail deer are available to hunt. From the requests that BSC gets, it would appear that when bowhunters starting getting the bug to travel to far off places to hunt another species, elk seem to be the first critter that comes to mind. While the elk is a wonderful bowhunting challenge, and a remarkable trophy, the success rate for bowhunters on elk would appear to be less than any other species category. Surprising?

Along with lower success rates however, it would also appear to have a very high shooting opportunity rate. Surprising? An assumption could be drawn that many good, experienced whitetail bowhunters come unglued when a big bull elk gives them a first shot opportunity!

There are two species of elk in North America, as recorded by the Pope and Young Club. The most wide spread species is the Yellowstone Elk, with a P&Y minimum of 260. The lesser known is the Roosevelt Elk, with a minimum of 225.

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com