270 Walker Place Lane, Karthaus, PA

Welcome to Trophy Rack Lodge PA Elk Outfitter & Elk Guides

Details, details.....

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2020-2021 Elk Hunting Season Dates

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.

Your Guided PA Elk Hunt Includes:

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.


  

Hunting Opportunities

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.

Testimonials

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

Links to Articles about Trophy Rack Lodge

Jim  Lickfeld’s  Archery  Bull  in  First  PA  Archery  Hunt

https://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/elk/first-ever-archery-elk-taken-in-pennsylvania

Ron  Marney‘s  EHZ  13  Monster  Bull  in 2017

https://www.centredaily.com/sports/outdoors/article189020369.html

Brian  May’s  EHZ  5  Extended  Season  Hunt

https://www.outdoornews.com/2017/02/06/7-elk-taken-extended-season-photo/

Bob  Cook’s  EHZ  11  Bull Hunt  2017

https://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/2017/11/lucky_upstate_ny_hunter_wins_tag_shoots_gargantuan_bull_elk_in_pennsylvania.html

First  Bull  Archery  Hunt  2019

https://www.americanhunter.org/articles/2019/11/19/archery-elk-could-be-pennsylvania-record/

Alfred  Hake’s  Bull  Hunt  2017

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2017/11/09/local-hunter-snags-massive-elk/843332001/

Larry  Horner’s  EHZ  11  8x8  Bull in  2016

https://www.centredaily.com/sports/outdoors/article114448003.html

Bellefonte  Hunter  Chris  Stout’s  Elk  Hunt  in  New  EHZ  14 in  2018

https://www.centredaily.com/latest-news/article222384495.html

2013  Elk  Hunt  EHZ  12  Dick  Sell  Bull  and  Curt  Steffy  Cow  Hunts

https://www.centredaily.com/sports/outdoors/article42834144.html

PA  Elk  Biologist  Jeremy  Banfield‘s  article “Considering  A  PA  Elk  Hunt?”

https://huntwildpa.com/2019/07/17/considering-a-pennsylvania-elk-hunt/

FAQS

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.