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tule elk

Does anyone have info or can point me the way to hunting Tule Elk.  I know it is the hardest tag to get for elk.   but being young i should start looking now.

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California only has a few units

California only gives out one nonresident elk license per year.  That's pretty much your only option, and you can basically cross it off the list now.  

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thanks

thanks

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You can buy LO tags and hunt

You can buy LO tags and hunt for Tules,just like in NM. I finally got one after never getting drawn,and I was resident with points. I moved to NM to get away from CA and live in a great hunting state a few years ago.Now I get LO tags for my ranch too.Love NM,always did!!

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but a LO tag is going to set

but a LO tag is going to set one back a lot of money in Cal. ??

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i'm not sure what i think

i'm not sure what i think about the tule elk subspecies.

i know i need to kill one to get the grandslam, but i'm not entirely sure they are that different from rocky mountain elk other than they are probably better adapted to a drier climate.

 

i was kind of under the impression that only california had a viable population of tule elk?

 

good luck on getting that tag!

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wikepedia says that the tule

wikepedia says that the tule elk only lives in california and that they are the smallest elk subspecies. they are so named for the tule they feed off of which grows in marshlands.

this is what i was talking about earlier, i think the rocky mountain elk are just better suited for dry weather, but i'm not sure it really deserves the title of "subspecies"

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Even though it may score

Even though it may score lower, the rack actually looks bigger in some cases because of the fact that non-typical racks tend to be more prevelent in Tule elk.  It's not uncommon to see 11x 12's, or an 8 x 8, etc.  I really like the look of some of them actually.

Either way though, I'd be happy with a Rocky Mtn., Roosevelt, or Tule elk.... Thumbs up

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A cow tag will cost you about

A cow tag will cost you about $800,usually a two day guided hunt with meals and lodging $1600. Very different from other elk in that they are on grassy plains.Very tough hunt,hard to sneak up on them.They get into the oaks and chapparal too. This was in SLO,Monterey county areas.Might check the Owens valley area,I hear they are alot easier to hunt out there. And Tules are only in CA.

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How does it work in Cal.?  do

How does it work in Cal.?  do they have units or do they hunt by county? 

soooo... Bow hunting will be a challenge if i ever get a tag. lol

Thanks for your help.

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Tule elk in California are

Tule elk in California are given out entirely by a draw process.  The only way you can get one outside of that is to pay big $$$$$$ to a ranch to hunt, like Tejon or a couple others.

The deadline to apply is June 2nd every year.  They give out limited tags, even to residents.  The majorit of tags are given out to max points applicants, with only 10% or so going into a random general draw.  It's tough as hell for us residents to draw, even tougher for non-residents. Some zones only give out 4-5 tags TOTAL.

They are done by zones.   The Owens Valley, as suggested earlier, is one place to hunt the Tule elk.  There are actually 5 or 6 zones in the valley area.  Some other hunts are held on military property, like Fort Hunter Ligett.

I have been trying for years, but don't have max poin ts, so each year I hold out hope that I get one of the random draw tags.  I know guys who have been drawn, but it's purely luck.......

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