Elk restoration has been a conservation success story east of the Rockies.
Over the past two decades Kentucky’s elk herd has flourished since reintroduction. Big game hunters seeking out “wapiti” often find eastern hunts more budget friendly compared to western hunts. Hunters looking to put in for an elk tag have a good opportunity to draw the tag and success rates are over 50% if a tag is drawn. There are opportunities to hunt bulls and cows with firearms or archery. There is even an opportunity for youth hunters. Non-Residents can apply for a Kentucky elk tag as well. Elk are infamous in western states but now the valleys of several eastern states resound with bugling bull elk in the fall! So, if you are interested get online and apply before the deadline passes!
“Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running.”
“Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state east of the Rocky Mountains and each year the prospect of harvesting one compels tens of thousands of hunters to apply for Kentucky’s quota elk hunts.”
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“Those interested in applying for 2017 should not delay. Applications must be submitted online at fw.ky.gov by midnight (Eastern time) April 30.”
“The bull archery/crossbow seasons open in September and the cow archery/crossbow seasons open in October. Each runs through Dec. 31. However, hunters drawn for a cow or bull elk archery/crossbow permit cannot hunt when an elk firearms season is open.”