Category Archives: Elk Hunting

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

 In recent years, hunters in Southwest Colorado have seen a huge decline in the elk population. In 2015, there were almost 20,000 elk in the area. However, as of right now, there are fewer than 17,000 elk and it appears as though that number could continue to decrease if the Colorado Parks and Wildlife doesn’t look to do something about it. As such, they’re planning on taking steps to try and increase the elk population in the coming years.

Steps to Increase Elk Population in Colorado

Elk Populations in Colorado

One of the things CPW is going to do in the near future to try and bring the elk population back up is limit the number of archery tags that are given out each year. In 2019, there were about 2,500 archery tags issued, which represented an increase of about 25 percent over 2018. But in 2020, archery tags will no longer be given out to whoever wants them. Hunters will have to take part in drawings to see who gets access to the tags. The CPW is still hashing out the details and trying to determine how many tags will be provided to those who want them.

The hope is that, by doing this, Southwest Colorado will see the number of elk rise within just a few years. The northern part of the state has a healthy elk population at the moment, and the southern part wants to keep up with it, if possible. It remains to be seen how limiting archery tags will impact the elk population in Southwest Colorado. Nonetheless, if nothing else, it should show that the state is committed to helping elk flourish. It should also lead to other initiatives related to increasing the elk population in Southwest Colorado.

Are you planning an elk hunting trip in Colorado right now? Samuelson Outfitters can provide you with the experience of a lifetime when you turn to us for help. We can also break down any changes that take place in the state with regards to elk hunting for you. Call us at 970-726-8221 tobook a guided elk hunting trip with us.

Why the Elk Meat in Your Freezer is So Valuable

Why the Elk Meat in Your Freezer is So Valuable

If all goes according to plan during an elk hunting adventure, you’ll have a freezer full of elk meat once it’s all over. This elk meat will last you a long time, and it’ll provide you with a whole host of benefits when you eat it on a regular basis. Learn about just how valuableContinue Reading

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

For almost a century and a half now, the federal government has owed a huge debt to the state of Colorado. When Colorado first became a state back in 1876, it was scheduled to receive about 4 million acres to set up shop. However, a Native American tribe called the Utes were still living onContinue Reading

A Checklist for Elk Hunting Season

Getting ready for elk hunting season? There are a bunch of things you’re going to want to do to make sure you’re prepared when the season starts. Check out five things you should have on your elk hunting checklist below. Get yourself into good shape. Elk hunting can be very physically demanding. It’s not outContinue Reading

How to Draw Out the Elk Herd Bull

How to Draw Out the Elk Herd Bull

Elk hunting is one of the most challenging forms of hunting for a variety of reasons. From hiking for miles to track elk down to taking your best shot at one when you finally get it into your sights, there is nothing easy about bagging an elk. But you could argue that the most difficultContinue Reading

Keep These Things in Mind When Hunting Elk With a Rifle

Keep These Things in Mind When Hunting Elk With a Rifle

Hunting for elk during rifle season is one of the most exciting things a hunter can do. Although elk are known for their robust physiques, it’s not always easy to track them down and give yourself a shot to bag one. Check out some tips that will increase your chances of filling your freezer withContinue Reading

The Long History of Elk in Colorado

The Long History of Elk in Colorado

There are more elk living in Colorado at this time than in any other part of North America. There are almost 300,000 elk in the state, which has forced both state and federal wildlife officials to take drastic measures to keep the elk population in Colorado in check. Nevertheless, it wasn’t always this way. ElkContinue Reading

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about how the marijuana industry has provided Colorado’s economy with a big boost. It has reportedly helped the state rake in about $6 billion so far. But it’s not the only industry that is helping Colorado’s economy to grow. Big game hunting is also havingContinue Reading

Surprising Things You May Not Know About Elk Hunting

Surprising Things You May Not Know About Elk Hunting

Do you want to increase your chances of bagging an elk the next time you go hunting for them? One of the best ways to do it is by learning as much as you possibly can about elk. It’ll give you an advantage when you go on your next elk hunting adventure. Here are aContinue Reading

Factors that Affect Late Season Elk Hunts in Colorado

What are some factors to consider when doing late season elk hunts in Colorado? Lower Altitudes Typically, late season hunts are done at lower altitudes. If there’s snow on the ground, it helps with tracking animals. And, because of the season, you just might see migrating animals pass before you as they’re “on the move,”Continue Reading