Topic 2
Shoot, Don’t Shoot Scenarios

Shoot, Don’t Shoot Scenarios

So you’ve singled out the elk you want to target; now how will the shot play out? Just because you can see the elk and it’s in range doesn’t mean you have a good or ethical shot at it. Referencing what we previously covered about the anatomy and shot placement of an elk, take a look at these shoot or don’t shoot scenarios to test your knowledge.


For an example, if a spike has 2 points on each antler he would be considered a bull. So would all of the elk pictured below.

A spike looks bigger than a deer. A spike is considered a bull because it has polished antlers. If a spike has two points on each antler he would be considered a bull.

Elk may only be hunted during daylight hours, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Yearling Bull Spikes
Spikes, Young Bulls
Image Source: Joe Lacefield
Mature Bulls
Adult Bull
Image Source: Joe Lacefield

Play the following video for step-by-step instructions on when and when not to shoot. Bowhunter Ed

Kentucky Bowhunter Education