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Elk Hunters: Know Your Brow-tined and Spike Bulls

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Friday, October 18, 2002

Elk hunters searching for a glimpse of a brow-tined or spike bull in Montana's big game hunting regulations are coming up empty.  Diagrams of these legally defined elk were inadvertently left off the 2002 Big Game Hunting Regulations.

Here's what hunters should look for in the field:

·        A spike bull is an elk with antlers that do not branch, or if branched, the branch is less than four inches long measured from the main antler.

·        A brow-tined bull is any elk with an antler or antlers with a visible point on the lower half of either main beam that is greater than or equal to four inches long.

There are no illustrations of brow-tined bull elk or spike bull elk in the 2002 Big Game Hunting Regulations.  See attached illustration and text.