Elk first came to Alaska in 1928 during a transplant operation carried out on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. They now inhabit islands in both Southeast Alaska and the Kodiak Island area. Elk are member of the deer family although they are much larger than most North American deer and smaller than moose. Bulls have long antlers that flow backwards over their shoulders with spikes that point forward. Bulls can reach 1,300 pounds, which in hunting terms equates to over 450lbs of meat. It's no wonder that elk are a sought after game animal.