Welcome to the elk hunting laws and regulations research archive. We provide you with everything you need to properly research the latest hunting laws and elk specific hunting regulations. It's important that before every new hunting season you research any changes made to those laws or regulations. It's not uncommon for states to change hunting regulations each new hunting season. Failure to follow them can result in heavy fines, equipment impoundment and imprisonment. You also need to make sure you have a valid hunting license and any required permits or tags for elk. Please review our legal disclaimer before using the information and resources on this web page.
The primary hunting law in all U.S. states is that a hunter must have a valid hunting license issued for the state they are hunting in, regardless if they are a resident or non-resident. Hunting licenses are usually issued on an annual basis, but some states do have lifetime hunting licenses. The cost of a hunting license varies by state and will be different for residents and non-residents. You'll also be required to show proof that you took a hunting safety course and depending on the state a gun safety course. While all hunting laws are important this is one that you cannot overlook.
Many people think that hunting and fishing licenses are just a way for states to make more money. However, it's the income from these licenses that actually help fund conservation projects and the wildlife management programs that make hunting a possibility in the United States. The main point is that you should not only get a hunting license because it's the law, but also because it will help maintain the hunting sport now and for future generations. Remember, if you're caught hunting without a proper hunting license and\or any other special tags or permits you might need you can get some heavy fines and even find yourself in the local county jail.
Depending on the hunting rules and regulations of the state you plan to hunt elk in you might some type of elk hunting permit or elk hunting tag. These are required along with a valid hunting license for the state they are issued in. Generally this type of permit or tag is issued via a lottery since there are more hunters interested than tags or permits available. You should always make sure that along with your hunting license that you have the right permit or tag required to hunt elk. You can access the resource list below to see if your state requires any special permit or tag for elk hunting.
Currently every single U.S. state that has any type of hunting season has a department dedicated to managing and enforcing hunting laws and regulations. Lucky for hunters since we are knee deep in the technology age all the law and regulations related to hunting are available via the internet. However, you can also directly call the department that manages hunting regulations and laws to request more information. Below is a link to each U.S. state's website dedicated to hunting and will contain their current laws and regulations. Please contact us if you find any broken links in the below list.