2019 Elk Season Dates

Looking for the 2019 – 2020 elk season dates for your state, or looking to travel for the best out of state elk hunt? IN-RUT has compiled a list of all states cow and bull elk season dates to better assist you to plan your next in state or out of state elk hunt! Please note that these elk season dates are from each states department of wildlife’s website and that you should double check before hunting!

Colorado Elk Season Dates

2019 Colorado Elk Season Dates

Colorado ​Archery​ Elk Dates
Deer/Elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)
​Aug. 31–Sept. 29
Separate limited elk (1st season)
Oct. 12-16
Combined deer/elk (2nd season)
Oct. 19–27
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season)
Nov. 2-10
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season)
​Nov. 13–17

Over The Counter Colorado Elk Hunting

The wapiti, or elk, is the largest of Colorado’s native deer (seven to nine feet long, with a four to six inch tail, and weighing 450 – 900 pounds). Commonly called “elk” in this country, wapiti is a preferred name because elsewhere in the world “elk” refers to the animal we call moose. Our wapiti is a Holarctic species, which means it occurs in both North America and Eurasia; in Eurasia it is known as the red deer. Whatever we choose to call it, this is an impressive and important animal in Colorado. The wapiti is brownish tan in color, with a yellowish rump and a dark mane on the shoulders. Mature males have large antlers, typically with six tines branching from each beam.

Colorado Elk Range:

Wapiti range throughout mountainous parts of the state, foraging in meadows and alpine tundra. Wapiti are gregarious animals, sometimes moving in herds of several hundred individuals.

Colorado Elk Habitat:

Before the arrival of European settlers, wapiti ranged nearly throughout the area that is now Colorado, including the eastern plains. Market hunting nearly drove Colorado’s elk to extinction. By 1910 only a few hundred elk remained; restoration of the herds was helped by transplanting elk from Yellowstone.

Utah Elk Season Dates

Utah Elk Season Dates

General archery any bull elk (hunter’s choice)
Aug. 17–Sept. 13
General archery spike elk (hunter’s choice)
Aug. 17–Sept. 6
General any legal weapon (rifle) spike and any bull elk
Oct. 5–17
General muzzleloader elk
Oct. 30–Nov. 7
Youth general (rifle) any bull elk
Sept. 14–22

New Mexico Season Dates

2019 New Mexico Season Dates

New Mexico Elk Unit 2
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–100 . . S . . . . 120 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–101 . . S . . . . 120 . .ES
Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–102 . . S . . . . 125 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–103 . . S . . . . 75 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Dec. 14–18 . . ELK–1–104 . . S . . . . 100 . .A
Any Legal – NM Resident Only / Dec. 14–18 . . ELK–1–105 . . S . . . . 50 . .A
Youth Only

New Mexico Elk Unit 2C Only
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Dec. 7–11 . . ELK–1–106 . . S . . . . 50 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 4 (NM Resident Only)
Bow – Sargent WMA . . . . . . Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–134 . . Q . . . . 10 . .ES
Bow – Sargent WMA . . . . . . Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–135 . . Q . . . . 10 . .ES
Bow – Humphries/Rio Chama WMAs .Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–142 . . S . . . . 10 . .ES
Bow – Humphries/Rio Chama WMAs .Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–143 . . S . . . . 10 . .ES
Any Legal – Sargent WMA . . . . Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–1–136 . . Q . . . . 10 . .MB/A
Any Legal – Sargent WMA . . . . Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–137 . . Q . . . . 10 . .MB/A
Any Legal – Sargent WMA . . . . Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–138 . . Q . . . . 10 . .MB/A
Any Legal – Sargent WMA . . . . Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–139 . . S . . . . 10 . .MB/A
Any Legal – Sargent WMA / . . . . Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–140 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Any Legal – Sargent WMA/ . . . . Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–141 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Youth Only
Any Legal – Humphries / . . . . . Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–1–144 . . S . . . . 15 . .MB/A
Rio Chama WMAs
Any Legal – Humphries/ . . . . . Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–145 . . S . . . . 15 . .MB/A
Rio Chama WMAs

New Mexico Elk Unit 4 (NM Resident Only)
Any Legal – Humphries/ . . . . . Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–146 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Rio Chama WMAs
Any Legal – Humphries/ . . . . . Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–147 . . S . . . . 15 . .A
Rio Chama WMAs / Youth Only
Any Legal – Rio Chama WMA Only . Nov. 9–13 . . ELK–1–148 . . S . . . . 15 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 5A
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–107 . . S . . . . . 5 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–108 . . S . . . . . 5 . .ES
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–1–109 . . S . . . . 10 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–1–110 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–111 . . S . . . . 10 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–112 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–113 . . S . . . . 10 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–114 . . S . . . . 10 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–115 . . . S . . . . 10 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–116 . . S . . . . 10 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 5B
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–149 . . S . . . . 76 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–150 . . S . . . . 75 . .ES
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–1–151 . . S . . . . 86 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–152 . . S . . . . 59 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–153 . . S . . . . 86 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–154 . . S . . . . 59 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–155 . . S . . . . 87 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Nov. 9–13 . . ELK–1–156 . . S . . . . 59 . .A
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 21–25 . . ELK–1–157 . . S . . . . 87 . .MB

New Mexico Elk Unit 6A
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–184 . . S . . . . 150 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–185 . . HD . . . 102 . .ES
Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–186 . . HD . . . 104 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–187 . . S . . . . 100 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–188 . . S . . . . 103 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–189 . . S . . . . 99 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 6B (A hunter orientation is required)
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–190 . . Q/HD . . 25 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–191 . . Q/HD . . 25 . .ES
Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–192 . . Q/HD . . 15 . .ES
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–193 . . Q/HD . . 15 . .ES
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–194 . . Q . . . . 20 . .ES
Any Legal – NM Resident Only / Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–195 . . S . . . . 30 . .A
Youth Only
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Nov. 2–6 . . .ELK–1–196 . . S . . . . 35 . .A
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Nov. 16–20 . . ELK–1–197 . . S . . . . 35 . .A
Any Legal – NM Resident Only / Nov. 23–27 . . ELK–1–198 . . S . . . . 30 . .A
Youth Only
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Dec. 7–11 . . ELK–1–199 . . S . . . . 35 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 6C
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–201 . . S . . . . 150 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–202 . . HD . . . 105 . .ES
Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–203 . . HD . . . 155 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–204 . . S . . . . 105 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–205 . . S . . . . 105 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 26–30 . . ELK–1–206 . . S . . . . 110 . .A
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Nov. 23–27 . . ELK–1–207 . . S . . . . 110 . .A
Unit 7
Bow Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–208 . . S . . . . 15 . .ES
Bow Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–209 . . S . . . . 14 . .ES
Muzzle . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–210 . . S . . . . 24 . .MB
Any Legal . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–1–211 . . S . . . . 30 . .MB
Any Legal – NM Resident Only . . . Oct. 19–23 . . ELK–1–212 . . S . . . . 50 . .A

New Mexico Elk Unit 9
Bow – Marquez WMA / Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–117 . . S . . . . . 5 . .ES
NM Resident Only
Bow – Marquez WMA / Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–118 . . S . . . . . 5 . .ES
NM Resident Only
Bow – including Water Canyon WMA . Sept. 1–14 . . ELK–2–122 . . S . . . . 117 . .ES
Bow – including Water Canyon WMA . Sept. 15–24 . . ELK–2–123 . . S . . . . 117 . .ES
Muzzle – Marquez WMA / Oct. 5–9 . . . ELK–3–119 . . S . . . . . 4 . .MB
NM Resident Only
Muzzle – Marquez WMA / Oct. 12–16 . . ELK–3–120 . . S . . . . . 5 . .MB
NM Resident Only

Montana Elk Season Dates

2019 Montana Elk Season Dates

2019 Montana Archery Elk Season
September 7 – October 20

Two-Day Youth Hunt (Deer Only)
October 17 – October 18

2019 Montana General Elk Season Dates
October 26 – December 1

Backcountry (HD’s 150, 151, 280, 316)

Archery
September 7 – September 14

General
September 15 – December 1

Over The Counter Montana Elk

Elk range across several million acres of Montana in 148 hunting districts. Most live west of a line running from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park. Roughly 50 percent of the annual elk harvest comes from southwestern Montana (FWP Region 3), in places like the Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge national forests. Elk also lives along the Rocky Mountain Front and in the Big Belt, Little Belt, Pioneer, Bitterroot, Purcell, Mission, and Cabinet mountains, as well as in the Swan, Garnet, and Whitefish ranges.

Two essential resources to help you decide where to hunt are the FWP Montana Elk Management Plan, available on the FWP website, and Elk Hunting Montana: Finding Success on the Best Public Lands, published by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The 400-page elk plan, last updated in 2004, lists public access opportunities, elk harvest over the previous decade, and other helpful information for each of the state’s 35 EMUs, or elk management units. (Each EMU
contains from two to five hunting districts or HDs.) The plan also includes a history of elk management in Montana, state wide harvest and hunter numbers over the past decades, and the comparative densities, by EMU, of bull elk and antlerless elk harvest during selected years. Elk Hunting Montana, avaliable at booksellers, divides Montana’s hunting range into 19 geographic areas. For each area, the book provides an overview of elk distribution, explains where to hunt, and offers hunting strategies.

It also includes a matrix—based on FWP harvest data and experiences by Montana hunters—indicating whether each area has low to high elk numbers, hunter densities, trophy bull potential, and proportions of roadless areas. Once you have a rough idea where you want to hunt, check the FWP elk regulations (available at FWP offices and fwp.mt.gov) to see what hunting districts you will be in and the boundaries, special seasons, regulations, and required permits that apply there.

Hunting Private Land In Montana

Though most elk in Montana during much of the year are on public land, many are on private property, especially at season’s end. Snow and cold drive them from mountains down into valleys, which are composed primarily of ranches and farms. Gaining access to this private land is not always easy, even for locals. The exception is on Block Management Areas (see below). The best way to get access to private land is to ask politely well before the season begins. The odds are better if you ask to hunt for antlerless elk only.

Montana Block Management Areas

Montana’s Block Management Program provides free hunting access to private land, under various restrictions. Eastern Montana holds most of the 8 million acres in Block Management, but tens of thousands of acres are in western Montana’s prime elk range. New Block Management maps and tabloids are available each year at all area and regional FWP offices starting in mid-August. Call or write the FWP regional office where you want to hunt and ask for their annual “Hunting Access Guide.” This booklet summarizes the current year’s Block Management opportunities and the rules and regulations for each area. You can also access maps to all Block Management Areas at fwp.mt.gov.

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