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Elk Hunting

Elk is the second largest species of deer in the world after the Moose, and also among the largest mammals in North America. In North America they live in almost all terrain types except for the tundra, deserts, and the gulf coast region. It is estimated that the number of elk in North America alone number over a million animals. The bones of their ancestors appear in fossil records, dating back as far as 12 million years. Of the six species of elk thought to have lived in North America at one time, only four types remain.

Elk are prized for a large number of products that can be harvested from their bodies. Their antlers and antler velvet is used in traditional medicine. Their hides were used by Native American people to make tee-pee's out of, as well as clothing and shoes. Even today, elk hide shoes, belts, and gloves are not uncommon. Elk meat is thought to taste like a combination of beef and venison.

In some areas of the world, elk is considered a nuisance. It competes with indigenous life forms for food and territory, as well as taxes the vegetation. In New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina are three places where the introduced elk populations have caused problems. Another issue with elk is the fact that they carry diseases that can be easily transmitted to domestic cattle.

Hunters who wish to hunt elk have the option of doing so at special game farms, where elk are kept fenced into a specified area, and cannot escape. For a fee, hunters are almost guaranteed a chance to kill one of the elks.