Elk Driving Tours

Peck Ranch CA

Our self-guided driving tour at Peck Ranch Conservation Area begins at the office and is marked along the way. Peck Ranch is located near Winona in Shannon County with entrances off both Route 19 and Route 60. It's open sunrise to sunset seven days a week — except managed deer hunts, fall firearms deer season, and in the event that roads are closed due to weather.

Peck Ranch is closed to elk driving tours during 2018 managed deer hunts on October 6 and 7, October 20-22, and December 8 and 9.

Current River CA

The self-guided driving tour at Current River Conservation Area runs from Highway 106 to South Road out of Ellington. The route includes roads 1, 10, and 9, passing the shooting range, the log cabin, and the fire tower.

Peck Ranch driving tour closed

  • October 6-7
  • October 20-22
  • December 8-9

Aim for sunrise and sunset

Your best chances of seeing elk are the hours right after sunrise or right before sunset. We can’t guarantee an elk sighting, but the tour is a beautiful drive though fields, forests, and glades, where you can also see deer and other wildlife. Feel free to take photographs while remaining in your vehicle — but please do not disturb the elk or other wildlife in any way. Note that the gravel roads on Peck Ranch may not be accessible to vehicles without adequate ground clearance, and some roads may also be impassible at times due to high water at stream crossings.

For more information on elk or other area wildlife, visit our Twin Pines Conservation Education Center.

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Elk

A very large member of the deer family with a thick neck, long, slender legs, a long head, and large ears. Elk are the second largest member of the deer family (after the moose).

White-Tailed Deer

In summer, white-tailed deer are reddish-brown to tan above; the winter the colors are grayish to grayish brown. Fawns are reddish, brown, or reddish-yellow spotted with white; they lose their spots and acquire uniform coloration at 3–5 months of age. Antlers normally occur only in males and are formed and shed each year. Antler growth starts in April or May.