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#12035236 - 05/16/17 Texas elk?  
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Last week my wife and I took a long tour around Texas - Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon, drove through Dallas/Ft. Worth on way to Houston where we saw my nephew and grand-nephew as well as the San Jacinto battleground and the battleship Texas, Enchanted Rock/Canyon Lake and the Alamo in the San Antonio and surrounding hill country, the Big Bend national and state parks and the west Texas oil fields via Pecos. The biggest surprise we got was seeing on the road south of Fort Stockton as we approached Big Bend National Park. On the side of the road there were two cow elk. These were free range elk.

My question for you Texans is what are the free range elk populations like down there, where are they, and do you have a hunting season for them?


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#12035289 - 05/16/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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Elk are exotics in Texas

From regs:
Exotic animal refers to grass-eating or plant-eating, single-hoofed or cloven-hoofed mammals that are not indigenous or native to Texas and are known as ungulates, including animals from the deer and antelope families that landowners have introduced into this state. Includes, but is not limited to feral hog, Aoudad sheep, Axis deer, Elk, Sika deer, Fallow deer, Blackbuck antelope, Nilgai antelope, and Russian boar. Exotic fowl refers to any avian species that is not indigenous to this state, including ratites (emu, ostrich, rhea, cassowary, etc.).

There are no state bag or possession limits or closed seasons on exotic animals or fowl on private property. It is against the law to:

Hunt an exotic without a valid hunting license.
Hunt an exotic on a public road or right-of-way.
Hunt an exotic without the landowner's permission.
Possess an exotic or the carcass of an exotic without the owner's consent.

#12041610 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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No one really knows how many Elk we have. One survey came up with 0.3 to 0.5 per mile for fly overs around Fort Stockton. TPWD considers them a nuisance which is too bad as Elk were native to Texas before being hunted out by the late 1800's. Most of the Elk are around the Glass Mountains with another population is in the Guadalupe Mt's but it is possible to run into them anywhere west of Ozona. Lots more on high fenced ranches in the hill country.


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#12041628 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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Also other areas with private herds. We see some off Hwy 36 south and west of Dallas/Ft Worth occasionally. These are not free range, but I think some escape from time to time.

Mike


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#12041753 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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We have a good sized herd here on the ranch, they have been here forever, we take a few cows and maybe 8-10 bulls off every year during deer season, depends when and where we see them. Rio7

#12042416 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: RIO7]  
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Don't the elk tear up your fences... high or otherwise?

#12042459 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Tejano]  
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Video of nice bull between Marathon and Ft Stockton (not by me). Healthy heard on the Longfellow Ranch which is in that area and they are free to wander as they please.

https://vimeo.com/179335081

#12042523 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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I know of some now free range animals in areas of Llano and Burnet county. They showed up after the big 2005 flood in that area did some water gap and fence removal. Amazingly some are still around!!!!



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#12042793 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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Originally Posted by Coyote_Hunter
Last week my wife and I took a long tour around Texas - ...where we saw my nephew and grand-nephew as well as the San Jacinto battleground and the Battleship Texas...


You were 5 miles from my house.


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#12042898 - 05/19/17 Re: Texas elk? [Re: Coyote_Hunter]  
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The Elk, here on the ranch don't bother the fences, but they have a lot of room and and are not competing with cattle for grass. Rio7


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