Golden Ram Hunting Club Offers Special Guided Tule Elk Hunt
May 30, 2012
I’m not going to start promoting lots of hunting operations or their special deals, so don’t worry. I’ll generally only write about an operation, guide, or property with which I have personal experience.
Such is the deal with Golden Ram Sportsmen’s Club, as I was a member for several years and in that time I hunted blacktail deer and hogs on several of their properties. One thing I never hunted there was tule elk, as that’s a rare treat for the CA hunter… or for any hunter, as far as that goes. Tule elk can only be found in California, and while they’re not as big as Roosevelt or Rocky Mountain elk, they’re a rare and sought-after trophy for afficionados of these big ungulates. Short of winning the DFG lottery and drawing a public land tule elk tag (I’ve been applying unsuccessfully for the entire 15 years that I lived in CA), the only way to hunt these beautiful animals is to pay pretty big money to hunt them on private land.
Well, the “big money” part hasn’t changed much, although I guess “big money” is relative. To a lot of public land hunters, a few hundred bucks is “big money”. However, to those who travel and hunt widely, the term defines a whole other level of expense. This offer from Golden Ram is for that second group. Here’s the deal:
Golden Ram has recently gained access to a PLM tule elk hunt in central California (about three hours south of San Jose). They’re going to sell this hunt for $12,500, fully guided and outfitted to include meals, lodging, and guides. Sure, this ain’t chump change for most people, so let’s just recognize that from the get-go. But, this kind of hunt ordinarily goes in excess of $15K, and for a real trophy, that rate gets even higher.
I’d love to have that kind of money to toss into a hunt, but it’s way out of my league. Still, the last couple of years that I guided down in the Central Coast area, I watched the elk herd swell and spread. On one pig hunt that I recall, we sat on a ridge and watched dozens of elk, including a couple of real bruiser bulls, feed unmolested over the countryside. Every man in the group was practically drooling, and daydreaming of the opportunity to get out and hunt these things.
If you’re interested, you can contact Golden Ram through their website.
By the way, if you’re about to make a comment here about how this is too expensive for an elk hunt and how people would be idiots to pay that much for a hunt, please hold your water. It’s a waste of breath and time. If it’s out of your league, it’s out of your league. Don’t denigrate someone else who is willing and able to pay that sort of money to access private land and chase a trophy bull. This isn’t taking away from you. If you want a cheap elk hunt, go DIY on public land in CO or OR.