Finding a elk hunting lease
can be limited by location. There are several factors to consider when exploring a hunting lease.
First and foremost, is the location. You want a hunting location which is home to many
elk. You should walk the land and look
for elk sign like rubs and scrapes and elk tracks. Often, a parcel of land looks good but doesn't hold many
you want a parcel of hunting land that has has many elk. Most people hunt the Rocky Mountain Elk which are found in Canada,
Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Don't overlook Michigan.
Upper Michigan has a good population of Elk around the Gaylord, MI
Elk, much like deer are very adaptable to the environment and can be found in a range of habitats. From alpine meadow environments
to coastal rainforest, and foothills to forest habitats, elk can take up residence virtually anywhere that provide good cover, food and water.
Elk prefer wooded areas interspersed with meadows or other openings. They are selective feeders, concentrating on higher quality forage. Primarily
grazers, they will eat browse plants when quality browse is available. Lush slopes with actively growing grasses and forbs are preferred feeding sites.
Elk do not tolerate human disturbance. Their current range includes primarily remote, usually mountainous terrain. They have large home
ranges, often change during the summer and winter months. Elk will not normally tolerate human disturbance and will try to get
into areas that do not have much human activity. Elk are primarily crepuscular and nocturnal in habit, being most active early
in the morning and late in the evening. They frequently bed in dense cover during the day except during seasonal migrations.
- Find a good location with concentrations of elk
- Look for elk sign like tracks, scrapes, and rubs
- Look for land with cover like switch grass and swamps
- Find land with a good lot of hardwoods
- Look for food sources like farmed land or natural food like acorns, apples
- If possible, lease land that has a river that runs through the property