Gary Palmer, of Stevensville, Mont., harvested this bull elk from the Gravelly Mountains on Saturday, October 27th. Palmer reports it was a great hunt, but the pack out wasn’t easy. Palmer had to travel seven miles through the snow and it was all down hill.
The Gravelly Mountains rise just east of the Ruby River, near the Idaho state line and run about 40 miles north, toward Virgina City. Unlike the steep Madison Range, the Gravellies are more gently contoured. Black Butte is the highest point in the range at 10,545 feet. The majority of the range is in great elk habitat, ranging from 6500 to 8500 feet of elevation.