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RMEF's 2010 Elk Hunting Forecast

Ever wonder how your state stacked up in the overall elk hunting picture? Our interactive elk map has the answers.


The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has released its annual forecast of the elk population in North America. This state-by-state compilation is a must read for anyone who has an elk tag for this season or is looking for an elk hotspot for the future. Elk used to live across this continent, but, as you can see from the map below, these days you are most likely to find them in the western states and provinces.

A mild winter, spring and summer precipiation and successful habitat conservation are all breeding optimism for the upcoming hunting season for the RMEF. However, wolves are a concern in more than a few sections of elk country. According to the RMEF, elk calf survival rates are now insufficient to sustain herds for the future. The urgent need to control wolf populations is a localized wildlife management crisis now compounded by a recent court decision to return wolves to full federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.

"Generally speaking, elk populations are in great shape and hunters have much to look forward to across the West, as well as in several Midwestern and Eastern states," said David Allen, president and CEO of the Elk Foundation.

To see these forecasts in their entirety, with links to respective elk regulations or other resources, visit But, for now, we've compiled the condensed version into the interactive map below.

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2 Responses to RMEF's 2010 Elk Hunting Forecast

GAHunter wrote:
September 22, 2010

I have hunted CO for 3 years now and have seen some big bulls out there. I will admit the last two seasons have been plauged with warm weather causing a late migrating (after rifle season) however the seasons are panning out this year to create some good growth with the elk. I wouldnt count CO out of the mix just yet but if you have the money I would for sure try Mexico.

Seedman wrote:
September 02, 2010

Does Colorado even have a huntable population of Elk??? My Son & I went last season & hunted hard for 3 days in SW Colorado w/ a good guide & did not even see a shootable Elk. It was a very disappointing hunt. I would still like to shoot an Elk sometime in a Father / Son hunt. Where would we go to see anything.??