Elk Hunting Adventures, Tips and Tactics |050 MAC Outdoors Podcast

Elk-Hunting-Adventures-Tips-Tactics-MAC-Outdoors-PodcastJoin Mia and Lea as they bring you the much-anticipated story of an elk hunting adventure of a lifetime. In a series of episodes, the two will share the stories of the elk, the terrain, the emotion, and the gear that helped Mia to successfully harvest a beautiful DIY public land, wilderness bull-elk during Colorado’s archery season.

In this first episode, Mia tells us about the elk she encountered and some of the challenges she faced before tagging her bull. Listen up because she’s also sharing some crazy stories that lead up to the big day.

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The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.

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Elk Hunting Opportunities Available in New Mexico

If you’re still looking for a way to fill the freezer, a New Mexico elk hunt might be right up your alley. Read below to learn how you can get an archery license.

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 25

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 25 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours, after which any remaining licenses will be available to everyone. Only hunters who did not hold a 2017-2018 elk license are eligible. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers having at least six points on one side.

Hunters are advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, including user name and password, before the sale begins. The sale is online-only and hunts normally sell out seconds after becoming available.

Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 18-22, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 16-20, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 2-6, 50 licenses.

Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 83 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet. To review the regulations or purchase a hunt, visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.


To be eligible to buy a license, hunters must previously have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts.

Hunters planning to purchase a license must have completed all mandatory 2016-2017 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases.

The department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs.

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Potential New World’s Record American Elk

The Pope And Young Club Announces A Potential New World’s Record American Elk

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Chatfield, MN – On September 10, 2016, Steve Felix of Seeley Lake, Montana spotted a tremendous bull in some low brush raking a tree. Steve glassed the bull and instantly knew it was a shooter. After closing the distance, the shot became now or never—10 more yards and the bull would be out of his shooting window. He drew in a deep breath, steadied his peep around his pin, found a spot on the bull and squeezed his release.

Steve’s American elk has an initial entry score that could surpass the existing World’s Record by over 17 inches. The current archery World’s Record American elk scored 412-1/8 inches, and was taken in Arizona in 2005. Steve’s elk has an initial entry score of 430 and is still subject to Panel Judging verification, which could change the official score.

potential-world-record-elk-archery-stephan-felix-pope-and-youngThis American elk is entered into the 30th Recording Period-which includes entries accepted into the P&Y Records Program from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

At the close of every two-year biennial recording period, numerical awards and honorable mentions are awarded to the most outstanding bow-harvested animals in each species category entered into the recording period. New world’s records are verified and proclaimed, and awards are presented to these outstanding animals during the Pope and Young Club’s biennial convention and awards banquet.

Prior to each biennial convention and awards banquet, outstanding trophies are sent to a designated site for panel judging. Panel Judging is the verification process of the final scores of antlers, horns and skulls of the highest-ranking North American big-game specimens. A handpicked team of highly knowledgeable and experienced certified official measurers gather for the actual scoring. Congratulations to Mr. Felix on this incredible animal!

This tremendous typical American elk, along with roughly 100 more outstanding North American trophies, will be a part of the 30th Biennium Big-Game Trophy Exhibit held at the P&Y Club’s National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-8, 2017.

For more information or to register for the Pope and Young Clubs 30th Biennial Convention, go to: www.pope-young.org/convention/default.asp



The Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.


Contact the Pope & Young Club office at: www.pope-young.org or P.O. Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923, Ph: 507.867.4144

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Bowhunter Safety Course offered in Grand Junction – Colorado

Bowhunter Safety Course offered in Grand Junction, hunters can increase chance of success

FRUITA, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting both novice and experienced bowhunters interested in learning new skills and increasing their chance of success to a Bowhunter Safety Course at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita, May 14-15.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up for the class and get additional details, visit www.register-ed.com, click on ‘Colorado” then scroll down to ‘Bowhunter Education’ and click ‘View Upcoming Events,’ then scroll down to the class at Horsethief Canyon SWA. Or, call 970-255-6100.
“The Bowhunter Safety Course is not required in Colorado right now but it is strongly recommended,” said instructor Levi Atwater, CPW’s District Wildlife Manager in Rifle. “If you want to hunt anywhere the course is required, or if you just want to be a better bowhunter, now is your chance. Keep in mind that we offer it here only once a year.”

Novice archers may use their own equipment or use equipment provided by CPW. Advanced archers are encouraged to bring their own gear.

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Course topics include the bowhunter’s responsibilities, equipment, range estimation, hunt planning, tree stands, survival skills, basic first aid and many other useful archery skills.

The class takes place outdoors. Participants should bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen a sack lunch and appropriate clothing.

What: Bowhunter Safety Course

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 – 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Where: Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area

Registration: www.register-ed.com  or call CPW at 970-255-6100

For more information about hunting in Colorado, visitwww.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/hunt.aspx


CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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