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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Pa elk tag/hunt

I would like to start putting in for a PA bull elk tag this year. Whats the average wait time to be drawn. Some guys i talk to say 10 years +. Also whats an average guide cost. I just want to have some idea of what im gettin into since its a once in a lifetime thing. Thanks for all the help.

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 02:49 AM
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

I think the average guide cost is around $1500. If you ever draw that tag, consider yourself to have beaten big odds against you. But hey, someone has to win every year.
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

It's a lottery so no set time.In 2008 I got drawn after 2 trys for a tag (cow).As for cost I went with someone my dad knew.

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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

Figure roughly 1 in 1,000 chance of drawing a bull tag without taking in the bonus points that other applicants have. Realistically your chances of drawing in your lifetime are slim, but then again someone has to draw. Start applying and then worry about the guide when you have the tag. Good luck!
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

wouldn't the odds be more like 1 in 18000 and that just get larger every year? I have been trying for 2 years now. I mean lets face it where else can you get a guide by a tag and hunt an elk for under 1800 bucks that isn't in a pen?

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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

There are roughly 18,000 applicants for 18 bull tags. That equates to a 1 in 1,000 chance of drawing a bull tag without taking account of the points applicants have. I can't find any information about how many people have points anywhere on the PGC website.
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

I've been applying since its inception, I have no idea how many points I may have and I have never drawn a tag.

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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 12:42 PM
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

I believe after preference points last year there were roughly 87000 names in the drawing. Every year that number will most likely grow significantly.
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Re: Pa elk tag/hunt

Ive been applying for 4 years. If you have to hire a guide, Ill stop applying right now. I dont need anyone to run my show. I can find it, kill it and pack it out myself.

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 01:16 PM
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No, they do not make you hire a guide.
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