Home / Elk / 2014 Could Be A Very Good Year!

2014 Could Be A Very Good Year!

Tall, wide and heavy is what every hunter dreams of finding when it comes to antlers on elk and deer. Sure, some of us like other characteristics but I would be hard pressed to find a hunter who wouldn’t pull the trigger on a tall, wide and heavy buck or bull. If you are a trophy hunter in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado or Idaho your chances of finding antlers like this is higher than normal this year.


The fall of 2014 in the northern Rockies will have the potential to produce many great bucks with the kind of winter we experienced here. Wyoming’s storied high country in Regions G and H received over 100% of normal snowpack combined with a winter that won’t go down in history as a mule deer killer. Regions K and F have also fared well and I would expect to see trophy pics come across our editor’s desk from these areas as well.

Weather analysts are predicting that next winter could be as good as this past winter. String a few good winters together with fall and spring rain and there is potential to see mule deer numbers really start to climb. Add some of the new management practices that Wyoming is considering such as making residents pick a region, and we may just see the Cowboy State rise in trophy mule deer production.

If you are a nonresident who draws one of these tags get ready for a potentially great hunt. You may not find a big buck bedded beneath every tree but the ones you do locate may be quality trophies.

Mule deer antler growth in the northern Rocky Mountain West should be phenomenal and as a whole, well above average. Bucks that make it past the four-year mark will start to develop their mature antlers. With moisture levels across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Idaho being high we will see mass carried all the way to points on the bigger deer. Mass measurements add up when it comes to a mule deer’s trophy potential and this will be a good year for trophy hunters looking for bucks with plenty of it!

Elk antler growth in wet years is even more distinct. Last fall we experienced significant rain and snow in the month of September that saturated the ground in the high country. Top that rainfall off with more than 100% of normal snowpack in most areas and that means brow tines and thirds that will please just about any trophy hunter.

If June continues to have mild temperatures and normal precipitation levels elk will have plenty of green grass to grow their whale tail tops! A bull elk’s top end is often the piece that sets apart a true trophy from an average six-point. Years like this produce bulls with great swords and even better pictures for the rest of us to talk about for years to come.

If you burned your points for elk or deer to hunt in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado or Idaho be prepared for what could be a great year with a little luck!

-Guy Eastman


About Guy Eastman, Editor-In-Chief

Avatar photo
Following in the footsteps of his father, Guy has taken up the reins and is now at the helm of the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and the Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal. A fine hunter in his own right, Guy has taken several trophy animals and has become an expert in trophy hunting as well.

Check Also

Wicked Colorado Winter & Tag Reductions

Across much of the western portions of the Colorado Rockies, and especially the northwest corner …

Horses & Winter: Too Much For Western Wildlife?

The letter below came through my email this morning. I’ll not divulge who wrote it …


  1. Eric Steinbrenner

    THANKS FOR THE REPORT! Now I really cant wait to hunt both Elk and Mule Deer in North Central Colorado this year during the late rifle season!!! Counting days till I can count points!:)

  2. Thanks for great report on the elk and mule deer. I’m looking to archery hunt in Idaho and your certainly inspires me to go to Idaho. I live in San Francisco but I’m country in my heart.
    My bucket list includes hunting some of the western states for big game, especially Montana…a guy can dream, right!?
    I’m a subsciber of both hunting issues and find them VERY informative.

    Thanks for the great endeavor that you and your staff do for hunting this great Country.

    Sincerely, Harry Pali

  3. Will be in the salt river range looking for a big bucks. November will be hunting big bulls in Utah . Thanks for your update.

  4. I have a hunt in Region K this year and it’s great to see your prediction for quality antler growth.
    I’m really excited now, as I burned my 3 points.

  5. I used 14 points this yr to hunt mule deer in Unit 21 in CO this yr. We have had the best snowpack that we have seen in yrs in CO. Looking forward to Nov 1st…

  6. I was lucky enough to draw a rifle tag for elk in the Missouri Breaks here in Montana. I’m beyond excited to walk in the shadow of some monster bulls this fall.

  7. I’m not so lucky as some of of you, looking at Idaho (general tag) as my last option for this coming fall.
    For those who drew a tag, best of luck and good hunting 2014.

  8. How did NV fare this year?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.