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Arizona (602-942-3000)

Elk Population: 20,000
Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $154
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw,$746
Lowdown: One of the best trophy elk states, but a tough draw demanding years of accumulating bonus points and paying non-refundable license fees.

Colorado (303-297-1192)

Elk Population: 300,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $51
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $531 (either sex), $256 (cow)
Lowdown: A ton of elk and arguably the best state for non-residents, with
over-the-counter tags available.

Idaho (208-334-3700)

Elk Population: 115,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counterand draw, $43
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw,$514
Lowdown: Elk population has declined in areas of high wolf densities. Still offers among the best wilderness hunts.

Montana (406-444-2950)

Elk Population: 170,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $38
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $593 to $1,500
Lowdown: Among the best, but opportunities near Yellowstone Park compromised partly due to wolf predation. Decent drawing odds for non-residents.

New Mexico (800-862-9310)

Elk Population: 70,000
Resident License System and Cost: Draw,$91
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $543 to$768
Lowdown: Another great trophy elk state. Drawing odds vary.

Oregon (503-947-6100)

Elk Population: 120,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $57
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $438
Lowdown: Roosevelt elk on the coast, with excellent hunting for Yellowstone elk in the northeast corner of the state.

Utah (801-538-4700)

Elk Population: 59,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counterand draw, $71
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $453
Lowdown: Tremendous trophy potential, but long odds for non-residents.

Washington (360-902-2200)

Elk Population: 60,000
Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counterand draw, $39
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Over-the-counter and draw, $394
Lowdown: Two distinct elk herds, with Roosevelt elk in coastal ranges and Yellowstone elk in the Cascades.

Wyoming (307-777-4600)

Elk Population: 103,000
Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $57
Non-Resident License System and Cost: Draw, $591
Lowdown: Excellent season outlook with a growing elk herd. Wilderness areas require hunting with an outfitter.