With elk archery season opening Sept. 7, and the backcountry general elk season set to open Sept. 15, elk hunters need to know their bull elk. Here is a quick primer:
Antlered bull elk – an elk with an antler or antlers at least four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.
Brow-tined bull – an elk with an antler or antlers with a visible point on the lower half of either main beam that is greater than or equal to four inches long.
Spike bull – an elk with antlers that do not branch, or if branched, the branch is less than four inches long measured from the main antler.
Antlerless elk – a female elk; or a juvenile male elk with antlers less than four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.
To learn more, check the 2013 big game deer, elk and antelope regulations by clicking HERE.
(Report by Montana FWP; Cover photo: romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com)