Elk Points

Elk are members of the deer family. The scientific name for elk is Cervus Canadensis, however, the American Indians used the term “wapiti” referring to light colored rump.  Common references to male and female elk in North America are in line with those used for cattle.  Males are “bulls” with females referred to as “cows”.

Bulls: Mature bulls weight in the range 800 to 1200 lbs. Noticeably the most distinguishing feature is the large antlers, which are shed annually.  Antlers are naturally shed each year and are a renewable resource for the marrow, which contains high levels of beneficial nutrients and essential minerals for good health.  The number of tines or points on an antler is a genetic trait and whose full potential is reached at maturity (6-10yrs old).
During the breeding season, bull elk challenge their competitors with a high-pitched bugling call that can be heard for miles.  The bugling is a scream, a warning, a spine-tingling expression of challenge. After the breeding season is over, the bull seldom utters a sound for the rest of the year.

Cows: Mature cows weight in the range of 500 – 600 lbs. They do not grow antlers and can conceive as early as 18 months.  

Calves: These are male and female elk younger than 12 months. They are born in spring (May-June) with the classic spotted appearance. Calves spend the first 10 days of their lives concealed in tall grasses while the mother nurses them.  Nursing continues through the summer months with weaning occurring in early September.