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elk in nevada

any one ever hunt elk in nevada. i know we have alot of nice trophy bulls but unlikly draw odds, not many tags. my wife and i where out mule deer huntin in area 17 and walked right in to the middle of a herd of elk. with some of the biggest bulls i have ever seen. i was so close to one bull i could have killed him with a rock. they are invisable when beded down in that thick mahogany. we ran into a game warden 2 days later, unfortunatly they dont give out elk tags for that area. but now im persuing a archery elk tag for 111 or 222 or maby up by jarbridge hopefuly ill draw one in the next few years. we bagged two nice mulies by the way, my wifes nailed her first buck, now she wants a elk. but anyone has any info they would like to share about nevada elk hunting i would appreciate it. thank you. Yes

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Re: elk in nevada

Jarbridge area 72,74 is a rugged wilderness hunt, you might need horses to get deep into it. But that ely area 111-115,221,222 is good with excllent access. 231,241,242 is supposed tobe the best with 231 being fantastic in the old burn areas. Unit 62,64,66-68 also good with great access. Please reply to my chucker post. And lets see them buck pics.

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Re: elk in nevada

yeah i've been to units 066-068 deer hunting a few times and have seen a fair amount of elk but thats a hard tag, last year that area had only 2 archery tags drawn out.

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wow! no nevada hunters?????

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It's hard to pick a bad area in NV. Quality bulls & quality hunting in all of them. The "traditionally good" areas, Ely & Montello, are still good but get the most pressure/crowding. The Jarbidge unit is also a very popular area and for good reason. It's a rugged, steep area so remember where you're at and how many friends &/or horses you have with you before you pull the trigger. The Independence units (62-68) have great animals but is a big area for the number of elk in it. They also migrate quite a distance so the herds you scout out in August & September could be 40 miles away in October & November. Your best bet is to start applying and building up bonus points. There's plenty of people here that have been applying for 15+ yrs and are still waiting for a tag (many of them are only applying for a certain unit only - the application system provides for up to five choises). I've been lucky to get two bulls, one down by Ely 17 or so years ago and one in '08 in the 62-68 area. Both hunts long and hard, both DIY. With a ten year wait between successful tags, I'm now in the cow hunting mode in NV ( I'll be 60 before I can even apply for a bull tag again).

Don't over think it - just start applying. Oh yeah, don't overlook the depradation hunt in the Rubies. Some outstanding bulls come out of there every year. It's a depradation area so you can apply every year. Access can be tough and you really have to scout it out. Many of the same ranchers that forced this area into depradation status (beacause of all the nasty thing elk do: rape farm dogs; steal women & children; destroy farming equipment and generally be mean and evil) won't even consider allowing access. Most of the elk are on Forest Service land above the private land but getting past that half mile to 2 mile swath of private land can be challenging.

Sorry for that last bit of ranting - it's a sore subject.

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Re: elk in nevada

i hear you about the ranchers i've ran into a few on the east side of the rubies, deer huntin above the smith ranch area, not pleasent. im goin archery for elk the odds arent to bad, almost the same as a rifle deer tag. the jarbridge wilderness is no joke i've been in there a few times deer huntin but have never seen elk in there alot of sign though we where about 2 to 3 miles in.

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I had a cow tag in 231 last year and saw nothing but bulls. This is another area that gets hit pretty hard between deer and elk hunts but always produces some great animals.

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I have yet to draw my Nevada elk tag but I have been on a few elk hunts here. Area 062-068 is tough hunt because as already said huge area and low elk numbers. The good thing is I am finding elk sign in places where there were no elk two or three years ago. Area 111 is a really steep hunt. One of the best areas you can hunt in Nevada. Also unless youve been here you wont know. Cheap optics will not cut it on this hunt. Im not suggesting getting some good binoculars and a spotting scope. I am saying buy the best you can afford and break out the credit cards if you have to. The last time I hunted Ely we were spotting elk two miles away. Put em to bed and go after them before the sun comes up. Be prepared to have your eyeballs glued to the spotting scope from daylight til dark. And remember this is a trophy hunt. Lots of really big bulls. Dont shoot a raghorn.

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elk in nevada

Drew a tag a few years back up by Ely for archery bull. Glad i got into archery hunting about 10 yrs ago because on my hunt i only saw a few hunters, It was like you had the area to yourself. Got a nice 6X6 on the 4th day. Did see a huge 7X7, got great video of him but never got into bow range. very happy with my 6X6, never had taken a bull elk before. cant wait till i can start putting in again. have to settle with hunting the cows for now. at least i get to go chase some elk and see some bulls. got a cow in area 222 last year (rifle tag). drove up saturday from vegas got to my spot at 1st light and hiked in about 3/4 mile. had a cow on the ground within an hour. Took the rest of the day quartering and packing it out. no tags this year but hopefully next year,

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elk in nevada

Drew a tag a few years back up by Ely for archery bull. Glad i got into archery hunting about 10 yrs ago because on my hunt i only saw a few hunters, It was like you had the area to yourself. Got a nice 6X6 on the 4th day. Did see a huge 7X7, got great video of him but never got into bow range. very happy with my 6X6, never had taken a bull elk before. cant wait till i can start putting in again. have to settle with hunting the cows for now. at least i get to go chase some elk and see some bulls. got a cow in area 222 last year (rifle tag). drove up saturday from vegas got to my spot at 1st light and hiked in about 3/4 mile. had a cow on the ground within an hour. Took the rest of the day quartering and packing it out. no tags this year but hopefully next year,

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"nv huntin fool" how many years of applying did it take you to get that archry tag for ely? you got any pics?

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