ARCHERY ELK SEASON. Sept. 12-26. 10 Bull and 16 Cow elk tags
GENERAL SEASON. Nov. 2-7 26 Bull and 78 Cow elk tags
LATE COW ELK ONLY SEASON. Jan. 2-9, 2021. 34 Cow tags
HERE YOU GO! ON THE LEFT IS THE 2020 ELK TAG ZONES AND TAG ALLOTMENTS!
All elk licenses are awarded by lottery, and hunters must apply separately for all seasons they wish to be eligible to hunt. Each applications costs $11.90 for each of the three seasons.
You can apply online at the PGC website’s Outdoor Shop, or over the counter when you buy your license. You can buy your elk season applications for the lottery without having to buy a license. If you are a successful winner of an elk tag you can buy your license at that time.
Out of state applicants have an equal chance as PA state residents. There is a preference point system based on the number of past times you had applied for an elk permit.
Preseason scouting done by our experienced elk guiding crew. Trophy Rack Lodge has all the equipment that you need to handle your elk from trailers, winches, walk in coolers, 4 wheel drive trucks and ATV’s to get you where you need to go. We will provide you with updates and photos. You are welcome to make arrangements to come along on a scouting trip that suits your schedule.
One on one elk
You can have a guest along on the hunt at an extra charge per day.
First class accommodations at one of Trophy Rack’s lodges along with meals for you and your guest. Check out the places to stay on the Lodge tab at the top of this page.
Photos taken of your elk hunt.
Field dressing your elk.
Collecting samples and data required by the PA Game Commission.
Transportation of the elk from the field , to the check station and to our local butcher if you would like. If you prefer, we can skin, quarter and cape your elk at an extra charge.
Use of our walk in cooler.
Call for elk hunt pricing.
What makes a great hunt? Elk guides who locate and know travel patterns of the elk, access to prime hunting territory, all to give you the edge!
We have exclusive rights to over 750 acres of private, prime hunting ground in EHZ 12, none better in the country! Larry has planted 15 to 20 acres of food plots with clover, turnips, buckwheat and chicory. Hunting stands are placed overlooking plots and elk trails that weave through the property.
Our local guides spend the time in the state game lands and state forrests looking for elk hot spots in all the zones. We do extensive preseason scouting and know where the big boys are located. Year after year we watch the elk and know their territories and where they move after the rut.
Our lodges are located in Zone 13 where we have over 800 acres we own and an addditional 1000 private ground to hunt. Larry and our guides establish relationships with landowners in all the zones to allow us hunting privileges.
In EHZ 1, which is an open zone to all elk hunters, we have exclusive rights to prime farmland which is where many of the monsterous bulls our hunters have harvested were located.
”This is what I wanted— a real hunt— and I’m getting it. My guides are the best!” Fred Kass 2014 Bull Hunter
”Awesome guide and had a fantastic time with friendly hosts!” Dave Carl 2014 Cow Elk Hunter
”Trophy Rack Lodge was top notch!! Larry and Vicki are wonderful people, the meals and lodge were excellent!! Plus Matt was an excellent guide!! “ John Dunmyer, 2020 Late Season Cow Hunter
“Great Lodge, great people and a shared value of our hunting heritage.” Mark Ely 2019 Bull Hunter
”Not your average Elk Camp! I can’t say enough good things about Larry and dVicki Guenot and their beautiful home at Trophy Rack Lodge. What a first class operation, everything from the accommodations, the home cooked meals and the most unique elk hunting with some of the best guides in the business. Having been fortunate enough to hunt elk in serveal western states, Canada and PA, this whole experience ranks as one of the best. Shooting a 432 class bull and having my son Justin with me was the icing on the cake, it just doesn’t get better than this.“ Bob Cook 2017 EHZ 12 Bull Hunter
”Great people, great food, great hospitality, these people are the best!”
Ray ( son Zach) Frere EHZ 12 Cow Hunter 2018
”Fantastic hunting experience, it was everything I had hoped for and more. Our guide was awesome, our accommodations were excellent. Trophy Rack Lodge is first class and I give them my 100% endorsement!” Deb King EHZ 12 Cow Hunter 2018
”Unbelievable people, great cooking, beautiful lodge. Felt like I was right at home!” Jacob Good 2017 Bull Hunter Zone 1
”Great place to stay and awesome people and some Great PA elk guides!” Kevin Reinert EHZ 12 Cow Hunter 2016
Larry and his guides pulled out all the stops for us hunters. Big thanks to Ivan, Jamie, Jason, Dean and Mike. They all helped with my elk, guiding and recovering, then skinning and quartering. Thanks!”
Cheryl Thomas 2019 EHZ 11 Cow Elk Hunter
Jim Lickfeld’s Archery Bull in First PA Archery Hunt
Ron Marney‘s EHZ 13 Monster Bull in 2017
Brian May’s EHZ 5 Extended Season Hunt
Bob Cook’s EHZ 11 Bull Hunt 2017
First Bull Archery Hunt 2019
Alfred Hake’s Bull Hunt 2017
Larry Horner’s EHZ 11 8x8 Bull in 2016
Bellefonte Hunter Chris Stout’s Elk Hunt in New EHZ 14 in 2018
2013 Elk Hunt EHZ 12 Dick Sell Bull and Curt Steffy Cow Hunts
PA Elk Biologist Jeremy Banfield‘s article “Considering A PA Elk Hunt?”
What preferred zones do you suggest when applying for your elk license? We suggest zones 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Is there a preference point system when applying for you elk license?
Yes, you get a preference point for each year you apply. All three seasons , archery, regular and late antlerless have only the points for the years you applied for that season. Out of state applicants have an equal chance as PA residents. A detailed explaination is on the PGC website.
How many years do you have to wait before you can be drawn for an elk tag after you already were drawn for a tag? Five years after you were drawn for a bull tag and there is no wait to apply if you were drawn for a cow tag.
When and where can I put in for an elk license? July 1 until July 31. You can go on the PA Game Commission website at the Outdoor Store section. You can purchase the elk app for $11.90 for each of the three seasons and only the seasons you are interested in. A PA hunting license can be purchased at that time also but it is not necessary. If you are lucky enough to be drawn for an elk tag, you can purchase a PA hunting license then. You can buy both over the counter also.