Elk vs Moose–How to Tell the Difference
Every year several moose are mistakenly shot and killed by hunters who do not take the time to differentiate between the obvious differences between the two big game species. The penalties are severe for taking a moose without a license, even if it was by accident. Bottom line–know your target and be able to distinguish between an elk vs a moose. The following pictures and descriptions will help you decide whether you are looking at an elk vs moose.
Elk vs moose–a description of each animal.
BODY: reddish brown to light brown, darker legs
NECK: distinctly darker brown color compared to body
SNOUT: slender and pointed
RUMP: pale yellow to white
BULL ANTLERS: long brow tines, distinct main beam and points, no palmation
BODY: dark blackish brown, lighter white-gray legs
NECK: same color as body, pronounced beard on throat
SNOUT: large, bulbous nose
RUMP: yellowish color and lighter than body
BULL ANTLERS: palmated, tines protrude from edges