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The prospect of hunting for an animal as large as an elk can be daunting for some hunters, especially new hunters. However, hunting elk in Kentucky is a challenge that virtually any hunter can tackle. Kentucky’s elk zone provides abundant opportunities to harvest elk. Don’t be afraid to ask someone you know to help you; most hunters would love to go on an elk hunt, even if they couldn’t pull the trigger themselves! We also want you to have the information you need to have a successful hunt.
Following are some tips for you as you prepare to elk hunt this season. Another helpful resource is the “Basic Hunting” booklet.
Preparing for an Elk hunt can be challenging. Don't hesitate to ask if you need something. Veteran hunters are more than willing to share their experiences, along with essential gear. When you're ready to buy or have additional questions, consult your local department store chain, sporting goods store, gun or archery shop, or online (except for modern firearms, which requires in-person purchase).
All of your planning pays off when you see a legal elk within range while hunting! After you determine that the elk is within range for your weapon, you must ensure that it is safe to aim and pull the trigger or release the string. Be certain of your target and that if your bullet or arrow misses or travels through the elk that it cannot hit an unacceptable target. NEVER shoot if you have any doubts! Elk are large animals, weighing 300-700+ pounds. Regardless of the size and power of the bullet or broadhead, elk can sustain multiple hits. If the animal continues standing after the first shot, shoot again until it falls. Don't shoot another animal instead!
Essentials of How to Hunt Elk in Kentucky - Kentucky Afield Magazine Article
Following are some tips for what to do after you harvest your elk:
You are required by law to report your elk harvest by midnight on the day you recover the animal. You can do this by phone at 1-800-245-4263 or by Online Telecheck.
When you get your animal to the vehicle, if it’s above 40 degrees or if you’re putting the animal inside the car, pack 1 or more bags of ice inside the body cavity to cool the meat and help protect from spoilage. If you quartered your elk, you can keep the meat cool in multiple large coolers and ice.
Elk meat is a very healthy and nutritious meat. There are many print and online cookbooks dedicated to elk/venison, elk specifically or wild game in general. Following are some sites that have some good recipes: