Elk hunting pennsylvania

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A  Pennsylvania elk  tag is one of the most sought after tags  because  of  the huge bulls that roam here.    The herd  numbers    to    after  the    arial  population  count  and occupies  a  3,  square  mile  Elk  Management  Area  that  includes  14  Elk  Hunting  Zones  (EHZ).    The  PA  Game  Commission  has done  a  remarkable  job  in  managing  the  state’s  herd,  and  it  shows  in  the  quality  of  the  trophy  elk  that  we  have  the  privilege  to guide  for.  

In    the  elk  season  was  expanded  to  include  a  2  week  archery  season  in  mid  September  during  the  rut.  Along  with  the  regular  season  in  November,  a  late  cow  season  was  opened  in  the  first  week  of  January    Both  new  season  were  a  tremendous  success.    The  3  sesaons  will  again  be in  the    hunting  seasons!

We  look  forward  to  all  the  excitement  of  guiding  your  PA  bull and  cow  elk  hunts.    Our  goal  is  to  make  your  hunt  of  a  lifetime  memorable  and  successful,  we  will  work  hard  to  guide  you  to  your  trophy  PA  elk !

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If you're from the east (or even from anywhere for that matter) and haven't heard about the giant bull elk that are living in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania - you might be living under a rock. In all seriousness, Pennsylvania has had one of the most successful reintroduction efforts of elk throughout the country with approximately 1, elk living in the Keystone state as of March With that being said, drawing one of the few tags that are given out is extremely difficult and the draw system can be tough to understand. In and , there were a lot of changes to the PA elk season and I wanted to give you the facts from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, as well as my input and strategies with applying.

Updates to the Pennsylvania Elk Hunting Season:

Let's start out by talking about the changes for the season.

  • You can now put in 5 different choices for preferred elk zones per season, in which you can choose antlered, antlerless, or any available tag.

  • You can choose a Fallback option - You need to have chosen at least one elk zone before you can put any zone as a fallback option. A fallback option means simply that you will accept any antlered, antlerless, or any available tag that is still left in the drawing.

  • 20 more bull tags are available

  • Bull tags are available for the late season hunt

  • The way that you apply is now different, and the PA Game Commission put out this video to simply it for you


Pennsylvania has three different seasons that you can draw an elk tag.

  • Archery Season: September th, (14 antlered, 15 antlerless tags)

  • General Season (Firearms): November , (32 antlered, 77 antlerless tags)

  • Late Season: January , (10 antlered, 39 antlerless tags)

Photo: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Photo: Pennsylvania Game Commission


You can apply for four different options.

  • Antlered Only: This is for only antlered or bull elk.

  • Antlerless Only: This is for only antlerless or cow elk.

  • Either-sex: This for either antlered or antlerless elk, meaning that they will give you whatever tag is available at the time.

  • Point-Only: If you aren't able to hunt any of the seasons this year, but wish to obtain a point - then this is the option for you.

You can apply for 1, 2 or all 3 seasons for a nonrefundable application cost of only $ per season for both residents and non-residents. So, if you were to apply for all 3 seasons, your total cost would be $ You can only be drawn for one tag (or season) per year, in which they start off with archery season and move along in the order of the seasons. If you were to draw an archery tag, your name would be pulled for the other seasons, but you would still gain a bonus point in each. What I found to be different (in a good way) is that each season has their own bonus points. This means that if you already had 5 bonus points in the general season from years past, then you will still have those points, but would start with 0 for the archery and late season tags, if it’s your first time applying.

Bonus points give you one extra name in the hat in the overall lottery system. For example, if you have 5 bonus points that you've accumulated over 5 years of applying, than you will have 5 extra chances to get drawn.

You can apply online through the HuntFishPA system, which will also tell you your status of the application and how many points you have acquired.

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Zone Preference:

Choosing a preferred zone can make a difference if you are looking to do it yourself. Pennsylvania currently has 14 different elk zones, but some of those zones don't have options for each season. Knowing the amount of public land available and road access are two major contributors. Elk have been successfully harvested in all of the zones available, so if you're not sure where you want to apply - don't worry that much. If you choose a zone and your name gets drawn, but the tags in that zone are already allotted, than they will give you the next available tag in another zone. You might want to look at the harvest data and maps located here. Another resource for looking at the zones is the PA Game Commission Elk Hunt Zones Map Book.

Lastly, I use OnX Maps to really dive into these zones. You can find where the game commission plants food plots from the aerial view, which the elk like to feed in. In addition, you can find the public/private land boundaries and road access that may sway your decision one way or another. Use code EMW to save 20% off the onX Hunt app.

Each of these zones has the potential to produce Boone & Crockett caliber elk.

My strategy:

I'm looking at previous harvest statistics through the harvest map links, as well as using my knowledge of the area to pick a preferred zone, but like I said above - all of the zones with available tags will produce huge elk and an unbelievable experience! I will be applying for all three seasons and for bull only in all of the seasons. Your odds are much higher by applying for any available tags, as you can see in the chart above. With that being said, I am set on trying to get a bull tag so that is my reason for applying this way. If you want the best chance at drawing any tag, then any available option is the way to go.

If you are lucky enough to draw one of these coveted tags, check out the PGC's management plan to get a history on the elk in Pennsylvania as well as where they typically live and thrive. If drawn, Pennsylvania residents may purchase an elk license for $25 and $ for nonresidents. Licenses are on sale now and you can apply for elk through midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on July 31, Licenses will be drawn on August 21st at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette Township.

Elk Harvest Locations Map - PA Game Commission

Apply here.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania elk herd and Pennsylvania elk hunting, check out the podcast I did with the Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist, Jeremy Banfield here.


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Eastern elk opportunities part 1: Pennsylvania

Eastern elk opportunities part 1: Pennsylvania

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When you think about elk hunting — especially trophy elk hunting — your mind instantly goes to Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona or one of the other prime Rocky Mountain elk states in the West. These states have massive herds of elk and a major allotment of tags for hunters, which provides unreal opportunity. Yet, many hunters would rather go on a hunt with less people, high harvest statistics, high trophy potential and a chance to hunt elk in the east coast. So I will ask: for a small annual investment, would you enter an elk lottery for only $ for the chance? Would you be interested in hunting a unit east of the Mississippi river where you could potentially harvest a ” bull? Would it spark your interest if I told you that, if you drew a tag in this eastern unit, your harvest success rate would be over 98% for a bull elk? Would you be interested in looking into and applying for that unit? For hunters who have figured it out — all of these speculations are true for hunters who draw an elk tag in the Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania. While goHUNT is a Western hunting company, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at other options when it comes to elk.

Note: The application deadline for Pennsylvania elk is July 31, You can apply online here.

History of Pennsylvania elk

Long ago, elk were native in eastern states like Pennsylvania and even roamed from New York to Georgia. Eventually, elk in these states were over hunted and Pennsylvania elk specifically became extinct by the mids. It was about 40 years later, in , that plans were made to reintroduce elk from the Yellowstone herd in Wyoming. Pennsylvania bought 50 elk for $30 each and let them go free in central Pennsylvania. Over the subsequent years, Pennsylvania bought and released more elk; however, the elk population had its ups and downs. Throughout the rest of the s, the Pennsylvania elk herd fluctuated between hundreds to a thousand animals, but never completely stabilized. Through the efforts of many individuals, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and organizations like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the elk population in Pennsylvania stopped fluctuating so drastically. Finally, in , the elk population was stable enough to plan a modern elk hunt. In , the Pennsylvania Game Commission created the preference system that they use today, which rewards applicants for applying year after year. In , there will be elk licenses available to hunters; however, this number fluctuates every year, depending on the elk population. 

Pennsylvania draw process

As of , Pennsylvania now has three elk seasons which are archery, general and a late antlerless season. Since , there has been a lottery with a bonus system in place, meaning that for each year you apply and are unsuccessful you will have another name in the electronic “hat” and, every year, you have a chance. All of these seasons are drawn separately and, if drawn, you only reset your points for the single season. Prior to , there was only one general draw in Pennsylvania so if this is your first year applying you would have an extremely limited chance to draw; however, you still have a chance. If there was ever a time to start putting your name in for an archery or late season hunt now is the time. I say this because applicants who archery hunt or are interested in the late season tags will be at the top of the draw odds for these seasons since was the first year allowing applicants. Essentially, your odds would be much higher for archery or late season if this is your first year applying for all licenses. 

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This year, the Pennsylvania elk draw requires you to submit your application between mid-June and July They will then draw licenses for the three seasons in August 15 during a live elk festival in Benezette. Hunters can apply for antlered only, antlerless only, either-sex or point only. If you are just looking for an elk experience, then the antlerless only has the highest chance to draw a tag. Overall, the cost to apply for the elk draw is way less than other states. The Pennsylvania Game Commission allows hunters to apply for an elk license with or without a hunting license, which only costs around $ for nonresidents. The application for each of the three seasons is $ per season. Essentially, for around $, you can get in the lottery for all three of the elk seasons, which, compared to most western states, is a steal. Where can you find a better deal than that nowadays? Though your odds of drawing a bull elk tag are low, you still have a chance so why not take a risk?

General Season elk draw odds in Pennsylvania
(27 bulls & 71 cows)

Current App +
bonus points
Bull only odds
(1 in X)
Cow only odds
(1 in X)
Either-sex odds
(1 in X)

Note: The draw odds in the table above are given directly from the state.

Archery Season elk draw odds in Pennsylvania
(5 bulls & 10 cows)

Current AppBull only odds
(1 in X)
Cow only odds
(1 in X)
Either-sex odds
(1 in X)

Note: The draw odds in the table above are given directly from the state.

Late Antlerless Season elk draw odds in Pennsylvania
(29 cows)

Current AppCow only odds
(1 in X)

Note: The draw odds in the table above are given directly from the state.

Where to hunt

Pennsylvania elk encompasses 11 hunting units and, unless you are familiar with one over another, they all have elk and good opportunity. If the allotment of tags is gone for the unit you chose, you will be given the next unit available so there is really no wrong choice. The terrain is mountainous with elevations ranging from ’ to 2,’ in elevation. The forests are thick with open pipelines, food plots and fields, allowing plenty of forage for these large animals. There are also many guides available who usually have some of the biggest bulls patterned by the time the season starts. If you are lucky enough to draw, hiring a guide might be your best bet.

Pennsylvania elk licenses


Season dates

  • Archery Season: September , (10 antlered, 16 antlerless)
  • General Season: November , (26 antlered, 78 antlerless)
  • Late Season: January , (34 antlerless)

Data courtesy of the Boone & Crockett Club

Though you may not think of elk in the East, in states such as Pennsylvania, they are there and in good numbers. And, if you draw, your odds of harvesting a mature bull are the best out of any state I have seen. Considering the small monetary investment to apply and the high trophy potential, it seems like an easy decision to apply annually. This summer why not try your luck and see if you can draw an elk tag in Pennsylvania? You never know — you may be headed east instead of west for elk season after your first year applying.

Learn more about Pennsylvania elk here


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This Inch Pennsylvania Elk Might Be the New State Record

Hunter Duane Kramer of Bellingham, Washington, bought a lot of raffle tickets for a chance to hunt giant elk in Pennsylvania. Kramer won the Keystone Elk Country Alliance drawing in , and it culminated in the best bull elk of his life. Kramer’s massive non-typical Pennsylvania elk has an incredible entry score of points. It was taken last October and will be officially scored by a Boone & Crockett panel of judges at the 31st Big Game Awards, which are scheduled for July 21 to 23, , in Springfield, Missouri, at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.

If the score holds up and is confirmed by B&C officials, Kramer’s bull will be the biggest ever recorded in Pennsylvania, and the sixth largest of all time, according to Boone and Crockett.

Kramer knew to hire an outfitter for his winning-raffle hunt and chose Elk County Outfitters in north-central Pennsylvania. He picked the outfit because they showed him photos of the bulls he’d be hunting, saysKramer. Elk County Outfitters is headquartered north of Altoona, Pennsylvania, between the Susquehannock State Forest and Allegheny National Forest. Its surrounded by many state game lands and state forests.

The region is prime elk country, and it’s produced massive bulls for plenty of hunters. In fact, Kramer passed many bulls in the inch range during his Pennsylvania hunt.

 “There were enough class bulls running around there that it wasn’t a question of getting a inch bull, but a matter of how far over we could get,” Kramer told B&C.

One day, Kramer had this massive inch bull at 18 yards, but couldn’t get an ethical shot as the bull’s cows were milling too close.

“I thought he was going to come right for us because we were standing in a game trail,” Kramer said. “I kind of wish I had taken my bow.”

Read Next: The Hunt for the New World-Record Archery Elk

They hunted that bull for the next several days until, finally, at 70 yards and with an open shooting lane, Kramer made one shot with his 7mm Dakota rifle using a grain Berger bullet.

Pennsylvania’s superb elk habitat has produced no less than 19 elk in the B&C record books, including eight non-typicals more than inches.

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Considering a Pennsylvania Elk Hunt?

Posted on July 17, by pgcuser1

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By Pennsylvania Game Commission Elk Biologist Jeremy Banfield

For most hunters, we started off chasing small game, trailing our dads, grandpas, or maybe an uncle, through the forests and fields looking for squirrels or grouse. That’s basically my story, and it was those early experiences afield that jump started my affinity for wildlife and hunting. Growing up, that interest eventually developed into a passion for the outdoors, as I graduated to becoming a big game hunter. That path – from small game to eventually taking your first deer – is a common course for many Pennsylvania hunters.

Indeed, in our state, the majority of big game hunters are deer hunters. More than 80 percent of licenses sold are related to pursuing deer in some form, be it archery, rifle or muzzleloader. That’s great, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I want to respectfully call out all the self-proclaimed big game hunters and make an obvious, but notably uncommon observation. Deer are not the largest game species roaming Penn’s Woods.  Elk, on average, are roughly three times the size of deer and reign supreme as the Lords of Pennsylvania’s forests.

Since , our elk hunting season has occurred annually in early November, and yet, less than 20 percent of Pennsylvania’s big game hunters apply for an elk license. That has got to change! If you consider yourself a big game hunter and you’ve never applied for an elk license in Pennsylvania, read through the following five points and maybe you’ll reconsider… 


In April , the Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners approved two new seasons; an early archery season and a late antlerless season. These seasons are in addition to the traditional general season, providing another 20 days, (13 for archery and seven for late), of elk hunting opportunities. Each season is mutually exclusive from the others with its own pool of applicants, specific drawing and bonus points.

Interested hunters can apply for one, two or all three seasons, but you can only be drawn for one of the three, as state law dictates that hunters can only possess one elk tag per license year. My point is this: There has never been a better time to apply for a Pennsylvania elk tag. With three separate seasons tailored to specific weapon/style preferences, offering a combined total of 26 days of hunting, this is the year to start applying.


$! Let me say that again and I’ll spell it out; eleven dollars and ninety cents. Round it up to $12 dollars and it still sounds like decimal dust. It is no more than $12 to apply for any one of the three elk hunting seasons.

If I pull my couch cushions out, I could probably find $6 in change, and if I add in the change floating around my truck, I’m sure I could find $ Check the cup holders in your spouse’s car if you’re a little short, they’ll never notice. Seriously, think about it, a case of beer costs more than $12, a made to order meal from Sheetz will often cost more than $12, depending on what you get. It’s a little less than $12 to get your name in the running to hunt Pennsylvania’s elk!

Now I will add, if you wanted to apply for all three seasons, your grand total would be $, but considering the pools that gets you into, it’s truly a small price to pay. If you are successfully drawn, you need to buy a general Pennsylvania hunting license, which costs $25 for residents and $ for non-residents. I was originally thinking I should list some application fees for some other popular elk hunting states, but I don’t think I need to do that. You can do some Googling on your own if you want, but there is no question, the cost of applying for and hunting Pennsylvania elk is dirt cheap. 


Every year, Pennsylvania elk hunters harvest some immaculate bull elk. With a population of roughly 1, animals, about one third are branched bulls, (greater than two years old). With an average age of six years (at harvest), most of the bulls taken in Pennsylvania are a good 6&#;6, with many being 7&#;7 or larger.

If you’re into antler scores, the record books speak for themselves, with several bulls grossing more than inches. If you’re not familiar with elk antler scoring, most people would see a ” or above, and instantly say “That’s a shooter,” with ” being the minimum for Boone and Crockett records, and ” spilling the banks of the “reality” river! A ” bull is kind of like a ” whitetail, except I’ve only met a handful of people that have taken a ” whitetail. Meanwhile, every year, I generally see at least one or two bulls gross scoring >” come through Pennsylvania’s elk check station! 

Obviously, not everybody cares about antlers and big bulls, as the majority of the applicants select either sex as their preferred tag type, meaning they’d be happy with any elk. However, I’d be remiss to not point out the caliber of our bulls. Pennsylvania elk hunters take some really nice large-antlered bulls every single year.


This may seem like an odd reason to apply for an elk license, but I included it for a very specific reason… its true. Last summer, the Game Commission conducted a survey of 2, people that had applied for an elk license in the past. One of the questions we asked was what motivated them to apply for an elk license, and of the roughly 2, people that responded, just more than 75 percent, said they wanted to hunt elk in their home state of Pennsylvania.

Now, this could be related to the idea that you would not have to travel long distances to hunt elk if you already live in Pennsylvania, but I personally think its deeper than that. Pennsylvania sportsmen and women love wildlife and we have a special sense of pride over the wildlife in our home state. Many hunters see the opportunity to pursue elk in the state where they were born, raised, live and have family, as a unique and special experience. I’m one of them and I get it, there’s something magnetic about hunting elk in the state you know best, your home. 


The odds of drawing, or more specifically, the misconception that your odds of drawing a license are terrible, is by far the number one reason people choose not to apply. So, let me see if I can put a new perspective on this… Are the odds of drawing an elk license “good?” The answer is no, because when I think of good odds, I think one-in-two, or 50/50, or maybe one-in-three, but anything beyond that I’d consider not-so-good. There are two decisions you’ll need to make that affect your odds of being drawn.

First is the tag type. For the archery and general seasons there are four options: bull-only, cow-only, either-sex and point-only. Point-only is not applicable, as you’re not actually in the drawing, you’re just buying the bonus point for future drawings. Choosing bull-only, has the weakest odds, as you’re only putting yourself in the drawing for bull licenses, and there are fewer bulls compared to cows. Choosing either-sex maximizes your odds as you’re now in the drawing for the greatest number of available licenses (all of them, both bull and cow). You’re probably getting the picture by now and deducing that cow-only has the middle odds, as you’re in the drawing for only the cow licenses, which is more than just the bulls, but less than either-sex. Note that the late antlerless season is obviously cow-only, so there are no either-sex or bull-only options. 

The second factor in determining your odds is the number of bonus points you have. Bonus points act as a multiplier, increasing the number of times your name is in the pool and thus increasing your odds of drawing. You earn one bonus point per unsuccessful drawing, or said another way, one point per year that you applied and were not drawn. The bonus point system was started in , so if you had put in every year since then, you’d have accumulated 16 points that would be added to the current years application (16+1), and your name would be in the pool 17 times. A quick note here, the archery and late seasons are new and therefore everyone starts at zero points for those seasons.  Check out this video for more information about how bonus points work

Naturally, applicants with a greater number of points have better odds of drawing than those with fewer, but overall the odds are not that bad. Last year, for example, the very worst you could have done would have been a first-time applicant, choosing bull-only, with odds of 1 in , while an applicant with the maximum number of points choosing either-sex had odds of 1 in

One of the most common things I hear is “You have better odds of winning the lottery,” followed closely by “You have better odds of being struck by lightning.” Well, being a data-focused biologist, I looked both of those things up, and obviously there are a lot of different lottery games out there, but choosing the one with the greatest payout &#; the Powerball – it has odds of one in ,,! Similarly, but not as bad, the odds of being struck by lightning are one in ,! So clearly, the odds of pulling a Pennsylvania elk tag are not as bad as many people think. Are the odds good? No, but remember my second point. It’s only $12 to apply and you can’t win if you don’t try. For the exact breakdown of the odds by tag type and bonus pointsclick here

To conclude…

Elk are Pennsylvania’s largest big game species and the preservation of elk hunting depends heavily on the interest and passion of you, Pennsylvania’s sportsmen and women. If you have never applied for an elk license, the additional archery and late seasons, combined with the traditional general season, offer a unique opportunity for big game hunters to pursue elk in their home state at a relatively low cost.   

For additional information about elk hunting and how to apply for an elk license check out this video. If you’re generally more interested in elk management, we have plenty of detailed information on our website.  

Photos by Hal Korber.

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Are you interested in guided trophy elk hunts and big game hunting in Pennsylvania? If so, at Tioga Ranch in Pennsylvania, you can hunt Elk from late August through the middle of March. Most Elk hunts at Tioga take place between the middle of September and the middle of November, so booking an elk hunt for fall is ideal. If you’re looking for affordable guided Elk hunts, Tioga Ranch is the place to be. From trophy Elk to cow Elk for great meat, Tioga Ranch in Tioga, PA, is the ideal place to hunt Elk.

Why Hunters Love Guided Elk Hunts

Why do people hunt Elk? A survey was taken, asking thousands of hunters that question. Some of the top motivations included “being outdoors,” “seeing an elk in a natural setting,” “being close to nature,” “viewing the scenery” and “being with friends.” Meanwhile, Elk hunting was also a good way to spend time with family as well as a way to “put delicious meat on the table.”

For some, Elk hunting is special because they want to put a set of big antlers on their wall. Others want to fill their freezers with Elk meat that is devoid of GMOs, hormones and antibiotics, and is grass fed and free ranging!

What about the love of hunting in general? For some, “I hunt because that is who I am,” explains it all. In pursuit of furred or feathered, hooves or fins, hunters enjoy the pursuit, the stalking, the butchering, the grilling and the eating of animals they catch. Hunting elk is an unforgettable experience.

Elk Hunting is a Real Challenge

Elk hunting isn’t easy and it’s not something most hunters would do alone. To have a guide proves invaluable. At Tioga Ranch, guided Elk hunts become a shared experience. Guides are experts who know where to look for Elk. They know the herd and they know how to successfully kill a bull or a cow… therefore, an amateur or intermediate hunter benefits from their guide’s knowledge and expertise. After all, their guide knows the lay of the land and is there to facilitate a successful hunt. And the camaraderie? Well that’s part of the whole experience, too. It’s good to meet others who share the love of the hunt and can talk about all the insider stuff non-hunters don’t know about!

We Offer Affordable Guided Elk Hunts

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Tioga Ranch believes in offering affordable guided Elk hunts. Whether you’re looking to find young management bulls or trophy Elk bulls over inches, our day length fully guided hunts give you a great experience that’s well worth your time and money. Since we have a private ranch, no license is required! Meanwhile, our hunts can include one night’s lodging, as well as meals, skinning and quartering– and because this is our business and we do these hunts often, we’re able to pass on savings to you, the customer. Want to have your meat processed into steaks, chops, roasts, spare ribs, or ground meat, and have it all vacuum sealed? We’ll take care of that messy process for you in a quick, efficient and convenient way for an additional $

Ultimately, the price for an Elk hunt is determined by the trophy quality of the bull and/or the size and sex of the Elk. Before you pull the trigger, your guide will tell you the Elk’s size so you know exactly how much you’d pay to kill that particular animal at Tioga Ranch. Cows can be had for $3, and bulls range from $6, to $12,– or more if the bull is larger than ”.

Prices for Elk Hunts at Tioga Ranch

Speaking of price, what are the various price points for Elk hunts at Tioga Ranch? In general, pricing is as follows:

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Things to Bring With You For a Guided Elk Hunt

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If you were to go on a hunt for Elk by yourself, once you shot and killed it, how would you handle it? A guided hunt is so helpful because you’ve got other people around you to help field-dress it, quarter it, and then carry, drag, push, pull and/or pack that carcass off to a cooler environment. When a cow weighs pounds or a bull weighs pounds, isn’t it good to know you’ve got help to deal with those big bodies, full of meat?

When going on an Elk hunt, depending on where you are and how long you’ll be away from civilization, you might need a list of items with you in order to have a decent, safe time. For instance, many hunters carry with them a first aid kit, as well as a water bottle, thermos, knife, folding saw, and… a camera! Sunscreen and insect repellent are helpful.

Hunting gear can include a small daypack, a compass, an altimeter, bright tape to mark trails, a rifle or bow, ammunition/arrows, tags/licenses, binoculars, and maps.

Food-wise, hunters tend to bring instant coffee, trail snacks like jerky or granola, pork and beans/eggs, fresh fruit, instant hot cereal, and/or whatever they think they’d like and need on the hunt. Guided hunts typically help figure out the food situation, which can be quite helpful so hunters can concentrate on the hunt rather than worrying about supplies. Tioga’s guided hunts include meals!

Clothing-wise, hunters should bring with them rain gear, thermal underwear, fleece, extra socks and gloves, a warm stocking hat, a brimmed hat and camouflage clothing and accessories.

Did You Know Cow Elk Hunts Provide Great Meat?

Female Elk are called cows. Hunters historically have hunted cows for population control. Wildlife agencies have, in the past, issued tags to encourage the hunter harvest of cows in order to “cull the herd.” By eliminating some cows, hunters are actually helping make for a younger, more vigorous, resistant-to-disease herd. Indeed, more and more bulls survive the winters, the pregnancy rate in cows improves with fewer late calves, and the overall herd is better off, health-wise.

Why hunt cows instead of bulls for Elk meat? Well, as food for humans to eat, cows and calves offer “better” meat than bulls. Meanwhile, a typical cow provides to pounds of edible meat. When you think about that number, it really is amazing– that’s a lot of dinners full of protein-rich meat, right? And think about this: you can’t eat antlers! That’s a good point– the bull’s antlers aren’t something you’d end up putting on your table to try and eat next Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for a meat that’s very healthy and still tastes great, Elk meat is a great choice. It’s naturally low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in protein. It’s a dark red, dense meat that’s very tender and doesn’t need marinating. Taste-wise, it’s similar to beef, but with a little more flavor. In fact, Elk meat can be substituted for beef in most recipes (with some changes). The American Heart Association deemed it “The Heart Smart Red Meat” and some people have called it “The Better Beef.”

For those hunters who want to help feed their families, a guided Elk cow hunt at Tioga Ranch is ideal.

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The Full Story Behind Pennsylvania’s Inch State Record Bull Elk

The sixth-largest elk ever killed nationwide was not taken out West. In , a hunter shot a inch trophy bull in Pennsylvania. The animal is likely the largest elk ever harvested in the Keystone State. The hunter, Duane Kramer, a concrete contractor from Bellingham, Washington, has been chasing big game for over three decades.

“I killed my first whitetail when I was 11,” Kramer says. “As an adult, I have entered draws and raffles to hunt for different species in different states. I really love to elk hunt and have killed animals in Alaska, Colorado, and Nevada. I’ve also hunted them in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Washington State, and Kentucky. Up until last year, my personal best was a gross score bull that I killed in Nevada in &#; That would soon change after Kramer’s name was drawn from a raffle sponsored by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a (c)-3 nonprofit conservation organization.

The Full Story Behind Pennsylvania&#;s Inch State Record Bull Elk

Pennsylvania is Well-Known for its Trophy Bulls

“I wanted to hunt in Pennsylvania because I knew they had big elk,” says Kramer. “Most of my hunting is Western DIY, but the raffle included an outfitter and taxidermy. Pennsylvania has a tremendous amount of public land, and the state has done an excellent job managing it for hunting.”

Kramer elected to hunt with Elk Country Outfitters north of Altoona. “I live at sea level, so I arrived early to get acclimated to the mountainous terrain,” he says. “My guide had been following the herd that contained that big bull for months. They were about 10 to 12 miles away during the summer and came to the mountains for the rut.

“I had seen several bulls that were bigger than my best, but this bull was enormous. I saw him on the second day, and when he came in he was 18 yards away. I held off because I was shooting a 7mm Dakota with a grain Berger bullet and that wouldn’t have been an ethical shot. I wish I had my bow.”

Kramer got his shot a few days later. “We followed the herd for a few days and would get on them and then lose them, then get back on them, and so forth,” he says. “Sometimes we’d see the bull along the river, other times he’d be on private land, but we just never got the right opportunity. But then we heard a bugle high up on the ridge. I ran uphill about yards, and I jumped a cow that ran downhill. A few moments later the bull came out on the trail and he was 70 yards away. He started grazing, but his vitals were blocked by a tree. I waited until he was finished, and then he turned around and gave me a good shot. I hit him just behind the front shoulder in the lungs.

Man in the woods with a dead bull elk.

“After the shot, the bull ran straight toward us and then turned and ran uphill. I found him at the top. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of hunts go awry, but this one came together which makes it very rewarding.”

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Kramer has served on the board of directors of his local SCI and Boone and Crockett Club and knows he will have to wait a little longer for certification. A panel of judges will review his animal at the 31st Big Game Awards scheduled for July 21, to be held at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.

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