Getting Ready for Late Season Elk December 30, 2023-January 6, 2024!!
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
Roy Moon is our 2022 KECA tag hunter!
Roy Moon lives in Butler PA. He and a friend were visiting the Elk Center in Benezette and bought raffle tickets to support the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, never thinking he would possibly win. Well, he got the phone call and it was game on!
Roy brought his daugheter Amanda, the two always hunted together and she was not going to miss this elk hunt!
Gary Laudeman was the lucky winner of the coveted KECA tag for a PA elk hunt In 2021!
Gary was in disbelief when his phone rand with the news that he was the winner of the coveted KECA tag for a PA elk hunt!
His hunt came together during the rut in EHZ 13 with a massive trophy bull!
Purchase you KECA tag raffle tickets and the Elk Visitor Center in Benezette or online .
You could be the next lucky hunter to hunt elk guided by Trophy Rack Lodge!
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.