How hard is it to hunt elk with a bow?
If you have the appropriate arrow/BH combo for your setup, yes you can kill elk. Cut on contact heads are advised for lower poundage's and longer shots are to be avoided. You would be surprised how many people hunt and kill elk with 50# to 60# bows. You can kill them with 40# if you do it right.
In terms of being able to effectively take a big game animal, a general rule of thumb is 40 lbs for whitetail deer-sized game and 50 lbs for bigger animals like elk.
While a clean shot to the spine can immobilize an elk, it's an extremely challenging target. As you can imagine, you'll need precision and a solid grasp of elk anatomy to pull this shot off.
Elk hunting is hard due to elk size, strength, keen senses, and elusive behavior. Additionally, hunters must overcome the challenges posed by the elk's remote and rugged habitat, unpredictable weather conditions, and limited accessibility to prime hunting locations.
Honestly, the average of 10% is nowhere even close to where I want to be. Fortunately, none of us have to accept this low level of success, and I want to share with you something I've found that increases elk hunting success rates by 4X or more!
Prep Yourself. According to Pope and Young Club statistics, about 50 percent of record-size elk are shot beyond 30 yards, and 25 percent beyond 40 yards. The average Eastern deer is arrowed at less than 20 yards.
For the taking of elk, grizzly bear, or moose, a hunter shall use a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow of not less than fifty (50) pounds draw weight and an arrow equipped with a broadhead or expanding point designed to have a minimum cutting width of one (1) inch after impact.
While technically a full grown adult male can draw a 50 pound bow, for someone just starting out, it's going to be huge effort to do so, and doing it more than a few times will be nearly impossible!
I have killed my share of elk with a bow and my furthest shot has been 35 yards. 80 yards is a far shot for bow hunting on a tough critter like an elk.
Wyoming: Best State for Affordable and Available Elk Hunts
There's a lot to like about elk hunting in Wyoming. First, there are elk, about 110,000 of them. Second, a non-resident bull elk tag is under $600 (with a cow/calf tag at half that price). Third, many hunting units here have a 100% drawing success rate.
Where do you aim at elk?
A proper shot through the heart and/or lungs will offer the quickest kill, making it the most humane for the animal. These organs offer the best opportunity for a kill for firearm and archery hunters. A double lung shot offers a hunter the best opportunity to take down an elk quickly.
For elk, the kill zone ranges from about 24 to 26 inches. That's the total area when the elk is standing broadside.
Midday is a great time to relax yourself, and prepare for the evening hunt. However, it does not mean that it is totally off limits for hunting. Elk often don't stay in the same bedding location all day.
Putting a trophy elk on the wall, in very simple terms, breaks down to this: Hunt an area that holds quality bulls, find the bull you want, get within good bow range, set up a shot opportunity, make a good shot, and you're done. We can talk strategy all day long, but being able to close the deal is critical.
As for when you're most likely to spot elk, your best bet is during dawn and dusk, that's because they are crepuscular, just like a house cat. When the sun's high, they're usually hanging back, conserving energy for their next move.
30-06 is still a top choice for elk hunting. It generates more than enough force to take out an elk — even at a distance. In fact, the. 30-06 Springfield promises an accurate shot up to 1,000 yards away.
After the shot, give the animal at least 30 minutes before starting your search. If it was a gut shot, give the animal at least 6 hours. During this time sit tight, keep your composure and remain quiet. Noise may startle a down elk and it may run farther away.
Annual success rates were highly variable, ranging from 4 to 76% for rifle deer and 20 to 56% for rifle elk hunters, and from 0 to 14% for archery elk.
How much does an elk hunt cost? Elk hunts go for as little as $2,000 to well over $10,000. The area, style of hunting, caliber of bulls and accommodations, all influence how much you will pay. Outfitters who lease private ground, hunt out of a lodge and drive clients around in trucks, charge more.
A 50 # bow will be fine. I would get a cut on contact broadhead not mechanical. I have taken moose and antelope with a 50# recurve and it did more than adequate on the moose.
What is the longest elk shot?
If you ever worried about your size, take no fear. Even the smallest of people can shoot to kill with the right mark. Take a look as the limits of long-range elk hunting are put to the test as Danner Davidson, Aaron's son, takes down a nice Wyoming bull with a shot distance of 1376 yards, using Gunwerks 7mm Rem Mag.
There are two primary weapons you can use for elk hunting: the compound bow and the classic, hunter rifle. Many specialized bowhunters also carry a rifle when hunting deer or elk to take a long-distance shot if the opportunity presents itself.
If you have an average draw length of 27 to 29 inches, any modern compound bow matched with a good arrow and set to 60 pounds will work just fine on whitetails, mule deer, pronghorns, and the like with whatever broadhead style you prefer, so long as your shot placement is good.
|Rage Hypodermic NC +P
|SEVR Titanium 1.5 Mechanical
|New Archery Products DK4
I found most sites recommending a draw weight of 45-60lbs (recurve bow) or 65-75lbs (compound bow) for men over 180lbs who are new to archery. Having done that bit of cursory research, I went to my local sporting goods store and tried bows with those draw weights. They were all very, very easy to draw.