Considered one of the most majestic animals on the continent, the Rocky Mountain elk is emblematic of western hunting. From the bugling of herd bull monarchs keeping their harems of cows in line to the breathtaking vistas and, oh!, those towering tiers of antlers, this is a prized experience for anyone with the patience to hike the miles and put in the hours behind a binocular to plan a stalk. Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are always top destinations, but reintroduced populations in states like Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and even Arkansas, with others in the planning, are offering fresh opportunities.
Elk tags are most often acquired through lottery tag draws, but there are states that offer over-the-counter tags, even for non-residents. You can hunt them DIY on public land if you like to camp and are map-savvy. If you’d prefer a helping hand, there are dozens of reputable hunting guides who can get you where you’re going via horseback or llama and tent camp if you like roughing it, or with a wake-up call in a five-star lodge, whichever you prefer.
For more information, see our friends at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Big Horn Armory AR500 in .500 Auto Max[caption id="attachment_3186" align="aligncenter" width="650"] The Big Horn Armory AR500 is chambered for the company's proprietary cartridge, the .500 Auto Max, a rimless version of the 500 S&W. • MSRP: $1,999[/caption] Big Horn Armory made a name for themselves with their SpikeDriver lever gun chambered in .500 S&W Magnum, but they didn't stop there. Instead, they looked to the semi-auto market and created the AR500.
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Modern In-Line Muzzleloading SafetyMuzzleloaders can be fun, but they take a different skill set to operate than modern firearms, and several rules must be followed to ensure safe operation. Give muzzleloaders a try, just make sure you do so safely. Hang-Fire Situations Sometimes a muzzleloader will not fire immediately when the trigger is pulled. This is known as a “hang-fire” and correcting it requires caution because the gun might fire sometime after the cap or flint created the initial sparks. To correct a hang-fire:
- Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, preferably downrange.
- Don’t take it anywhere that it could injure someone or damage property if it fires.
- After waiting a minute or so, unload the muzzle using a ball discharger.