First Time Elk; Bow, rifle...Handgun?

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by SpencerSS, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. SpencerSS

    SpencerSS Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    For a first time Elk hunt, on public land, self guided; whould you recomend a bowhunt, riflehunt or handgun hunt.

    Reasoning goes to hunting preasure and ease of drawing a tag. I don't want to be fighting other hunters for space on the mountian. Plus, I want to see elk. Any recomendations?
  2. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    Bowhunting is pretty relaxed after the opening weekend and you have a long season. A lot of it depends upon how much time you have to hunt and what your skills are with a bow. Low skill levels will make it difficult.

    I do not know anywhere that has a special handgun season and I am just about as accurate with a bow as a handgun.

    Rifle hunt is what everyone does so there are lots of options available. What I do nowadays is apply to Utah for limited entry elk to build up point for the draw and being as I have bought a expensive hunting license to get the points, I then bowhunt and get a rifle antlerless tag. This build up my knowledge base of the general hunting area as well as elk hunting techniques so when I finally get enough point to draw a special tag I will be ready for it.

    That's just one philosophy of elk hunting and there are lots of others.

  3. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    Don't know where you are going. It is hard to get an elk with a bow during the rut September will help. I would go with a rifle for your first elk and then later with a bow as you learn the area and habits of the elk.