Elk guide permit application deadline is Oct. 1
Anyone interested in applying to be an elk guide for the upcoming season should submit a completed application to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection by Friday, Oct. 1. Guide permits cost $25 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.
Based on updated regulations, anyone convicted of a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code or Game Commission regulations within the last 10 years is ineligible to obtain a guide permit. Applicants who have been convicted of a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code or Game Commission regulations within the last 10 years will be rejected.
Guides may provide assistance in locating or tracking elk, and calling for elk, but they may not harvest an elk. Permit applications may be obtained from the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters by calling 717-783-8164, or by contact any of the Game Commission's six region offices.
The Board of Game Commissioners created the elk guide permit to allow experienced individuals, especially those who are familiar with or live in the elk range, to serve as guides for those who receive an elk license.
Guides are not required for those who only plan to accompany an elk license recipient, or those who plan to aid a successful elk hunter to remove an elk from the field.Those seeking elk guide permits also should consult with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources concerning special guiding permits and requirements on state forest or state park lands.