A Pennsylvania elk tag is one of the most sought after tags because of the huge bulls that roam here. The herd numbers 1300 to 1600 after the 2020 arial population count and occupies a 3,500 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 2019 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 2020. Both new season were a tremendous success. The 3 sesaons are evolving and now include bulls in the late season which began in the 2021 season.
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 !
All the Trophy Rack guides are local avid outdoorsmen who are experienced and dedicated to making your hunt successful. They set trail cams, check out hunting territory, share information that they gather with each other and work as a team before and during the hunt. They will provide you with personal service and friendly hospitality. Our guides know where to find the finest bulls in your zone!
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Owners Larry and Vicki Guenot established a successful hunting preserve in 2003 until 2016. Larry had spent his entire life hunting in the heart of the PA wild elk range and has seen it’s herd spread and multiply. This naturally expanded to guiding for the PA wild elk hunt in 2009. He knows the rugged land of the area known as the PA Wilds and our long standing results show it! The preparation for elk season starts long before opening day. He plants food plots, establishes relationships with landowners, scouts, hires experienced elk guides and organizes our team.
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TRL hunters Bob Cook above, David Kurtz lower left and Ron Marney, lower right, Steve Winters, bottom. All have a place in the PA record book!
You did the hard part and got the tag, let us take you to the finish line!
*photo courtesy of Mark Nale
Gary Laudeman won the the KECA bull tag raffle for an exciting hunt during the rut that came together in EHZ 13 with a massive trophy bull!
Gary’s name was pulled at the Elk Expo held in August. He won the full package of Trophy Rack Lodge as his outfitter, taxidermy, butchering and video by Tom Bob Outdoors.
Randy Caldwell hunted the 2013 season in EHZ 12.
3 generations of Jeff Thomas’s! The youngest called JT is our youngest TRL Hunter was only 12 years old when he drew his zone 12 cow tag.