Time to Apply for PA Elk Tags!
Time to Apply for PA Elk Tags!
All Hunters! The PA Game Commission has finalized the dates that you can apply. The dates are much earlier than in past years. You can apply February 1, 2023 through July 16, 2023. You do not have to buy your PA hunting license until you are drawn for an elk tag.
The website to buy your PA hunting license online is www.huntfish.pa.gov . It is not required to buy a license before applying. You can also purchase you elk permit application in person at the usual issuing agents. Another very important change is that you can select FIVE Preferred Elk Hunting Zones. Watch for the explanation on the Fallback Option, it is another critical part of your choices. Trophy Rack Lodge highly recommends that you take the time to view the video “How to Apply for a PA Elk License on HuntFishPA”. Click the Find Out More button below for the link. More FAQ are answered at the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
ARCHERY ELK SEASON September 16 - 30, 2023
ELK GENERAL SEASON October 30 - November 4, 2023
LATE ELK SEASON December 30, 2023 - January 6, 2024
***2023 Elk Tag Allotments by Zone Chart above
SEASON FOR KEYSTONE ELK COUNTRY ALLIANCE TAG
September 1 through Nov 4, 2023
1 Ticket for $25.00 for a chance to win a 2022 Pa Bull Elk License
Elk Tag Raffle – Single Ticket You are purchasing SIX tickets for $100.00 KECA has worked diligently to build the best Pennsylvania Bull Elk hunt package possible. With that in mind, our package consists of one 2023 Pa Bull Elk License along with an all-inclusive accessory package of: Guided 6-day hunt with lodging and meals by Trophy Rack Lodge, taxidermy ready skin/cape and regular cut/wrap meat processing by Country Butcher, LLC along with a shoulder mount. Hunt will be filmed by TomBob Outdoors for airing on Friends in Wild Places. Elk hunt dates: Sept. 1 – Nov. 4, 2023, in any legal elk hunt zone. Winner must purchase PA general and elk hunting license in order to participate in hunt. Hunt winner will be selected during a live drawing on July 30th at 3:00 P.M. at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA during the Elk Expo.
Winner need not be present to win. License must be purchased and used in 2023 and according to all applicable state hunting laws. Proceeds are used by KECA for conservation education programs and elk habitat improvements. *****ONLINE SALES END TUESDAY July25th AT 3PM*********
Purchase the chances online at https://experienceelkcountry.com/ .
Trophy Rack Lodge was chosen to guide the KECA Elk Hunt again this year!
The Special Conservation Tag (Governor’s Tag) will be auctioned off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
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 guide
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 Vicki 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
“Rack up Another Trophy” Friends in Wild Places episode on Pursuit Channel
Watch Mike Weist on his 2020 PA Bull Hunt with Trophy Rack Lodge!
Trophy Rack Lodge Owner & Guide Larry’s scouting video “Fighting Bulls”
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 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Put zone 12 as your first choice. We will guide in any zone that you are drawn for!
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 will accumulate 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. You will only lose your points for the season that you had drawn a tag. The two other seasons will retain your points for future drawings.
When and where can I put in for an elk license? February 1 through JULY 16, 2023. Go to https://huntfish.pa.gov/ We highly recommend watching the video put out by the PA Game Commission on YouTube on how to apply for the 3 elk tag drawings and purchase your hunting license at https://youtu.be/fgZgJ7mHXE0 . The cost to purchase each of the three elk drawing apps is $11.97. You can enter all three seasons or 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.