If you draw a permit in one of the states listed here, your chances of tagging an elk are quite good, and might be described as exceptional if you draw a cow tag. The bad news is that each year there are at least 25,000 other Eastern hunters who want an elk-hunting permit just as much as you do. The odds aren’t as bad as, say, having a chance to win $50 zillion in PowerBall, but they’re not exactly favorable either. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s money well spent, too, because all the funds raised are used in various elk restoration projects.