Elk Antlers for Sale
The elk antlers for sale are listed below and more if you click on the view more antlers link at the bottom of the listings. American Elk or North American Elk are large native deer (Cervid family; Cervidae). The only member of the deer family larger than elk is the moose. New nomenclature indicates that American elk are closely related to the various Red Deer sub-speciesof Europe and Asia. American Elk were formerly classified as Cervus canadensis, but are now widely excepted as Cervus elaphus. Another name for the American Elk comes from the Native American Shawnee Indian word, "Wapiti", which translates as "white rump" or "pale rump".
There are/were six subspecies of Elk in North America:
- The Eastern subspecies of American Elk (Cervus elaphus canadensis) was present when Europeans first came to North America. This subspecies was extirpated by 1850s, but it is likely that genetic material from these individuals and hybrids survive in the Rocky Mountain and Manitoba subspecies.
- Merriam's elk (Cervus elaphus merriami) lived in Arizona and New Mexico and is also extinct.
- TheRocky Mountain Elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni), is the most numerous and wide-spread subspecies today. Found throughout the Rocky Mountain States and Provinces, it has also been transplanted or re-introduced to places in the Eastern and Mid-Western U.S., such as Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Feasibility studies are currently ongoing in states like New York, Virginia and Illinois and re-introductions have been approved for Missouri.
- TheManitoba subspecies (Cervus elaphus manitobensis) is still found in the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. These elk typically have large bodies, but smaller (shorter) antlers.
- The subspecies known asRoosevelt's Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti), are found along the coastal mountains from Northern California to British Columbia. This subspecies is typically darker in color than other subspecies; an example of the ecological principle known as Gloger's rule.
- TheTule Elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) is an endangered subspecies that is found in marshy habitats on public land in Central California.
Elk antlers typically grow in a backwards direction from the head,with a single brow tine (or eye guard) on each side that points upward from the front. Similar to whitetail deer antlers, there is amain beam from which the tines or points fork. Two year old males usually grow only two "spikes" without any branching tines. (Mature bulls (or stags) typically grow a set of antlers withsix (6X6 if symmetrical) or more branching off each main beam.
Antlers generally begin to grow in April after old antlers are shed in March. Though it is not unusual for younger bulls (4X4s) to carry old antlers well into April. While growing, antlers are covered in velvet. When the antlers mature and harden, the velvet begins to slough off. Elk will vigorously attack small saplings to strengthen neck muscles and remove the velvet from the antlers. Antlers are hard, polished and clear of velvet by the rut in September.
The Boone & Crockett record for typical elk antlers is a score of 442⅝ from Arizona in 1968. The Pope and young record (typical) is 412 ⅛ from Arizona in 2005 and the North American Shed Hunters World Record for a matched pair of typical elk antlers is 399 1/4 (from? You guessed it... Arizona 1987) and the World Record for a single elk shed is 205 1/2 also from Arizona found in 1998. Too See more World Records for elk antlers and other species, click on the link below. Keep these records in mind when you find your next big shed. There are many records for shed antlers that have not been claimed.
Elk Antler Growth Photo Timeline
The video below demonstrates antler growth over a four month period, from April 11st - July 29th, with photos taken every seven days of captive elk at an elk ranch in Utah. Impressive!
Elk facts - from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Elk Life History - and other information from Natural Resource Conservation Service