TOP STATES FOR COW ELK
Nonresidents must first enter a drawing for a deer and elk combination license, which is $1,045 and allows you to hunt general entry units. Once you draw that, you can then research and apply for cow tags in limited-entry units.
Draw success for limitedentry bulls is notoriously difficult in the Beehive State; the odds are 1-in-60 for nonresidents. Antlerless tags are a different story. The odds are 1-in-2.9 for nonresidents applying for cow tags.
Colorado doesn’t issue quite as many antlerless elk tags as it once did, but it’s still a bargain. Nonresident youth cow tags are sold for $100, and in many units, bull hunters are allowed to pick up a second tag for cows.
The Gem State offers overthe-counter cow tags for archery, muzzleloader, and rifle seasons—plus millions of acres of public land open to elk hunting. The cost is $582, and the success rate on antlerless elk is very good.