Elk Hunting in Texas
Most people don’t realize there are free ranging elk in Texas, but West Texas has a very healthy population of Rocky Mountain Elk and some of the best elk hunting in the country! The Glass Mountains are home to the largest herd of free ranging elk in the state and I’ve got over 80,000 acres of prime elk hunting country in the Glass Mountains. Licenses are easily obtained over the counter, no closed season or state drawing for elk tags in Texas, and hunters can hunt with firearms or archery equipment. One of the biggest advantages of elk hunting in Texas is that we are able to rifle hunt during the peak of the rut, while the bulls are bugling. Since there’s no closed season for elk hunting in Texas, they can be hunted year around, but the best time to hunt elk in Texas is during the rut in September and October.
I’m on every Texas Elk Hunt to provide my personal attention/service to your hunt to help ensure your hunt is an experience of a lifetime.
You, or your group, have exclusive rights to the ranch for the duration of your Texas Elk Hunt.
Who is this hunt for:
With the lower elevation, around 4,500′, and typically better weather than in the Rocky Mountains, elk hunting in Texas isn’t quite as strenuous as you would expect on most elk hunts. Since I do a lot of my hunting out of a vehicle, safari style, my elk hunts are great for hunters that are less physically fit, have health or mobility issues, or just don’t like to ride horses. Because of the size of these elk, and the work involved once they hit the ground, I limit this hunt to no more than 2 hunters at a time.
Included in all Texas Elk Hunts:
- 5 days & 4 nights
- Transportation around the ranch
- Field care of your trophy
Not included in all Texas Elk Hunts:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non- resident 5 day Special Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Skinning, caping, quartering of your trophy
Additional services available for all Texas Elk Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $250/person/night
- airport pickup – $150/person (minimum 3 people)
- skinning & quartering of your trophy – $200/animal
- caping & freezing hide for transport home – $150/animal
Elk Hunting Prices
Hunt Fee – $5,000
Trophy Fee – $5,000
Deposit – $2,500
Elk are one of the largest species of the deer family as well as one of the largest land mammals in North America. Elk stand 4-5 feet tall at the shoulder and a mature bull can weigh as much as 1,100 pounds. Their color typically varies from a copper brown in the summer to a light tan in the fall and winter and they have a light beige, or whitish, rump patch and darker legs and neck. Only bull elk have antlers and they shed them in March and by September they have shed their “velvet” and are “hard horned.”
The most exciting times to hunt elk is during the rut, or bugling season. When the bulls are bugling and trying to round up their harem they are easier to locate and more receptive to coming in to calls. There’s nothing more exciting than a screaming bull up in a canyon with the loud bugles bouncing off all sides of the canyon as he comes into your cow calls. If the bulls aren’t bugling, or aren’t coming to calls, and it’s hot and dry, sitting over a water hole, or a wallow, also works well. On most elk hunts, covering country and a combination of all of the hunting methods mentioned is typically what it takes to get the job done.
There’s no closed season for elk hunting in Texas, but I run my elk hunts from September through February. The weather can vary greatly over those 6 months and because of the large temperature swings it’s best to dress in layers. I typically wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots, jeans, or camo pants, and some type of T-shirt adding long sleeves and a jacket/coat in cooler weather. When it gets real cold I’ll wear insulated overalls and a big insulated coat.
Here’s my suggested packing list:
- Comfortable Hiking Boots
- Jeans and/or Camo Pants
- Short & Long Sleeve Shirts – I really like wool
- Camp Clothes
- Rifle & Ammo or Bow & Arrows
- Uninsulated & Insulated underwear
- Personal Toiletries & Medicines
If you would like to read my some of my previous Elk Hunting blog posts, click here.