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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Elk tag drawing ?

spIf a fellow would luck out and get an Elk Lic. what does it involve ?
I mean cost wise and what do you have to do to go to and area to hunt them ?
I never understood what or how to do it.
Do you have to pay a guide ?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 02:19 PM
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This link should help answer most of your questions. http://www.pgc.pa.gov/hunttrap/law/d...digest/elk.pdf

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 03:58 PM
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As posted that information has about everything you need to know. I would add that drawing a tag is pretty tough. You pay $10.xx for an application each year, each year you don't draw you get points that increase your odds for future drawings. If you are drawn, you pay an additional fee for the actual license.

You don't have to have a guide but you probably want to at least have some people to help transporting the animal if you are successful. Given that the odds are low, it's sort of a once in a lifetime opportunity so you may want to hire a guide to assist you to increase you odds of success. The guide is what is going to cost you a good bit of money, and they may be able to get you access to private lands. Guide services differ and many also include lodging/meals.

However, there is a fair amount of public lands in the elk range also. If you're going to do it yourself I would be prepared to do a good bit of research and scouting.

Elk hunting is certainly a bit different than deer hunting in some ways and elk are more of a herd animal especially during the rut. Scouting and getting familiar with the area is going to be key.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 08:28 PM
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I was fortunate enough to draw a tag (cow) last year.
The Game Commission page is definitely where to start.
You can do it without a guide, and lots have. However, obtaining a guide can bring many benefits. I did, and I'm glad I did. Unless you have the time to spend many, many days scouting the zone you draw, I think a guide is the only way to go. Talk to several and find one who meets your needs and desires and is a good fit for you. I chose Elk County Outfitters. They were a good fit for me, another might be better for you.
I can say with certainty that it was a hunt of a lifetime, and PA elk are darn tasty.
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just wondering how many preference points did you have when you drew your tag? I know others here were fortunate enough to draw a tag but never caught how many points they had to do so? i currently have 5 and cross my fingers every year..
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I had 13 to draw.
Other bull hunter in my zone drew his 1st yr applying.
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