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DIY hunt in California

I'm planning on going to California next year to hunt Elk. I may drop in on a family reunion too Big smile . I've found a web site where I can purchase BLM maps and I've perused the California DFG web site a bit. Can I get some more info from our California hunters on where I should start looking for potential public land to hunt? I'd like to spend as little as possible on these maps given I'll probably only use them once.

This is going to be a DIY hunt and I can't do any scouting beforehand, so I'll be shooting from the hip on this hunt. I know that was a bad pun Duh .

Also what's the hunting style in California. I spot and stalk all my game, should I be on the lookout for people stand hunting during Elk season?

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Robert

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Re: DIY hunt in California

Unless your going to buy a governor tag at a Rocky Mnt. Elk dinner auction for $15,000, or have max per.points and a miracle happens and you draw a tag, I've seen monster bulls but its almost impossible to hunt them. Sorry for my input here.

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What he said. How were you planning on getting that tag?

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exbiologist wrote:
What he said. How were you planning on getting that tag?

I figured on applying for a cow tag. I'm hoping these are easier to get. This whole thing might be a pipe dream but I'm still looking into it.

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Going on a cow elk hunt doesn't have to be a pipe dream, but it probably is in California. You might want to check out the drawing odds and process. In fact you're probably more likely to draw an elk tag in your own state.
Here are the drawing odds: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/pdffiles/2008EASChart.pdf
So while the draw odds certainly are better for a cow elk, than a bull, the odds of drawing are still pretty low.
Oh, by the way, as a nonresident, that tag will also cost you $1,162 plus the $143 hunting license. I'd bet you could find a little better value in an elk hunt a little closer to home for $1,300.
Now if you really want to hunt a cow elk, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana offer plenty of tags, many with 100% draw success. Colrado will have $350 cow tags and Wyoming has $302 cow tags. And they are a little closer for you.
Your own state of South Dakota might be a better option than any of those. It looks like your resident elk tag is $305. I couldn't find the draw odds easily, but for that price, maybe consider applying for your home state and Wyoming. Since you're in Rapid City, it isn't much of a drive to the Wyoming side of the Black Hills for some good elk hunting, or down in the Medicine Bows, or in the Bighorns.

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We here this all too often Yuk!

See September News Release from RMEF - Elk Foundation Grants to Benefit 8 California Counties - http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/NewsReleases/2009/CAPacs2009.htm -

Committee Member, Sacramento Chapter RMEF

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Johnwaynejeep, You might drop the cal. elk idea and set up a wild boar hunt. Cal. has great pig hunting here, with over the counter tags and you can buy as many as you want. You can hire a guide or pay to hunt on a private ranch DIY , public land is ok but less harvest results.

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Thanks for the info and the suggestions. I may look into the hog option instead of Elk. Some friends and I have been talking about a hunting trip to Montana or Idaho for a couple months now. We'll have to revisit that idea when I get back home.

Thanks fellas, if you find yourself in Rapid and need anything let me know
Robert

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Re: DIY hunt in California

Ditto the advice on CA elk,after 35yrs of not drawing,and I mostly applied for cow hunts,I got landowner tag and went for a cow last fall.Very hard to hunt them still,but got a nice one. I moved to NM because of the elk and other game.

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I think the best odds I found was for an Owens valley archery hunt, and that was still about a 1% chance of drawing.

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