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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2018, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Guides for Elk Hunting in PA

Hey Folks! I drew a cow tag in PA for zone 3 this year and was just wondering what experience anyone has had with the guide services in the state particularly for zone 3. Thanks.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2018, 09:50 PM
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There are several good ones that cover zone 3.

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Congratulations. If your set on a guide I wish you luck finding one that makes it all happen for you. If your on the fence I would encourage you to go the diy route. It is all very possible to do on your own with some time of course. If you decide to go that route you will probabaly be overwhelmed with the amount of knowledege of the area and elk in that zone that people will give you. Good luck .
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Thanks. I will need help with getting the animal out should I be successful which is why I am looking into an outfitter. I'm getting older and not in as good shape as I used to be. Just wondering which outfitters people have used for zone 3 and who they would recommend.
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A self hunt is certainly doable, but there are a lot of things to consider, including as you mentioned getting the critter out. I drew a tag two years ago and after going over everything, including the time I would be able to spend pre-season there (not much), the sometimes difficult zone boundaries etc., I decided to go with a guide service. I did a lot of research and interviewing and ended up selecting Elk County Outfitters. I could not have been happier.

I'll never forget a question I was asked by ECO when I first met with them and had not yet committed to anyone. It was: "Other than getting an elk, what do you want in a hunt, how do you like to hunt?"

I thought that said a lot. I was right.
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I am on the fence between two outfitters but really want to stay with EKO. I have a friend who guides for them and have talked with Jack already. I talked to one other one, Hicks Run Outfitters I think, and they would be a good choice also as he probably knows zone three better than anyone. I don't think I can go wrong with either one and your feedback on both of them confirms they are probably my best choices. Thanks.

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I am 100 percent glad you got a tag. I think this is elk zone guiding is turning in to a racket. Guided prices paid are some times higher than western hunts. I wonder what the elk guides pay the land owners to accesses some private land. I have jumbo bull's laying behind a friends camp in Medix run.

I do believe a competent deer hunter can bag a PA elk. If you need help getting one out I'll be there to help.
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