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Wildlife Species Guide

Elk

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The elk is Nebraska's largest big game species. There are an estimated 2500 elk in Nebraska, most in the Pine Ridge.

Although the Game and Parks Commission's wildlife management areas and U.S. Forest Service pastures in the Bordeaux and Hat Creek units provide some opportunities for elk hunters, most elk taken in Nebraska are killed on private land. Obtaining private land access to hunt elk is difficult, but not impossible, and a growing number of Nebraska landowners charge fees for hunting privileges. It is a good idea to make at least two preseason trips to elk units before the hunting season -- the first to become acquainted with the landowners and the second to scout the hunting areas. Veteran elk hunters suggest looking for the best sources of feed near heavily forested, rugged terrain.

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