The elk is one of the most highly prized trophies on
the North American continent. Each year, hunters spend lots of time and money
in search of trophy elk. As the human population increases and the trophy
quality of the wild elk decreases, hunting ranches are flourishing.
Most hunting ranches cover large acreages of rough
terrain and contain lots of natural cover.
The hunt they provide is very similar to what might be experienced in
the "wild". But the chance
that the hunter will come home with a quality trophy for his wall is much
There are many more hunters than there are available
licenses in the public hunt areas. Many
hunters do not live in a state that has public hunting available for elk. Many hunters spend their vacation traveling
long distances and spending lots of money to hunt in public areas, but they
come home without a trophy. These
factors make hunting ranches a popular alternative.
Hunting ranches also provide more opportunities for
disabled people and those with special needs.
Hunting ranches are willing to tailor the hunt experience for the
individual. They can also be a much
safer place to hunt.
Of course, there are less than ethical people in
this business as there are in all others.
But, that is not a reason for throwing out the baby with the
bathwater. Simply check out the
reputation of the hunting ranch ahead of time.
Most hunting ranches provide an ethical and safe hunt, a quality
Most of the elk on private hunting ranches have been
specifically bred for trophies and there are some really spectacular ones. The size of the trophy will usually
determine the cost of the hunt, which starts at about $4,000 and goes up from