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Top 5 States for Hunting Elk Over the Counter

Where are the best places for hunting elk over the counter?

After looking through the many different states that offer opportunities to hunt this majestic animal, we have been able to narrow down the list to five states that offer the best opportunity for an over the counter elk hunt.


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1. Colorado

Colorado is home to the largest elk population in the western United States with a herd of over 250,000.  It is also the state with the most over the counter units.

Whether you like to hunt with a bow or rifle they have an opportunity waiting for you. They have 147 units available to hunt with a bow and 92 units to hunt with a rifle. The total price for a non-resident to hunt is going to be $604 for tag and license.

2. Idaho

The next state on our list is Idaho. This state boasts a herd population of 120,000 elk.

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They have 87 units available to hunt over the counter and you will have your choice of archery, muzzleloader, or rifle. The total cost to hunt in Idaho as a non-resident is $571.50, but if you decide to take a bow it is an additional $20.

3. Montana

Montana comes in as our third choice for hunting elk. It has some units that see 15-40% success with archery tackle.

They also boast the second largest elk herd on this list at 160,000 elk. They allow you to chase these animals with a bow or rifle in hand and non-residents can hunt this beautiful state for $826.

4. Wyoming

Wyoming is a great state for hunting elk in. It has a herd size of 90,000 elk and they see an overall success rate of 28%.

They allow you to purchase an archery stamp which lets you hunt the archery season, and if you don't have success you can come back when the rifle season opens. Non-residents can hunt this state for $577 and to get the archery permit it will cost an additional $30.

5. Oregon 

The last state on our list was a hard one to choose. We narrowed it down to a few states and Oregon came out on top.

Oregon has an elk herd of 125,000. There are Rocky Mountain Elk and also another species called Roosevelt. They allow you to hunt with a bow or rifle and a non-resident can hunt this state for $641.

Honorable Mention: Texas

There's more than just deer hunting in the Lone Star State. If you search for the right places, Texas elk hunting can be pretty fantastic.

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Top 5 States for Hunting Elk Over the Counter