Montana’s archery season is coming sooner than you think! It’s already almost July! So, with the summer heat moving toward its peak, thinking about hunting is something that levels many people and gets them pumped for the 2018 season. For those who love chasing elk, and for those who don’t, here are five interesting facts about elk to add to your knowledge bank
- The elk’s native name is “wapiti” meaning white rump. It means “white rump.” In Europe, the word “elk” more often refers to the animal we Americans call a moose.
- Although many people believe a group of elk is called a herd, it is actually called a gang.
- Antlers can grow from 1 in. to 1½ inch in just a single day. The amount of antler growth is regulated by the length of daylight.
- Elk are strong swimmers.
- Lewis and Clark made 570 references to elk in their journals, which were bound in elk hide.