A California Tule Elk Hunt with Central Coast Outfitters


Published: November - 2012

Subscriber Craig Willis hunted tule elk in California with Alfred Luis of Central Coast Outfitters (805-922-7923), booking agent Jeff Neal, Inc. (918-299-3580) after reading our cover story in the January 2012 issue about these hunts. You'll recall correspondent Harry Morse told subscribers that California PLM (Private Lands Management) tags were the best option for getting a trophy tule elk. That's exactly the route Willis (Report 8780) took in August to get an 8x8 tule elk with crowning points, scoring 326 6/8 SCI. (See photo in our online Trophy Gallery.) Willis hunted in Monterey County. His was our first report on an elk hunt with Central Coast Outfitters, but we have five other positive reports on them (see 8372, 8141, 7884, 7005, 6546) in our online database on hunts for Columbia blacktail deer, bobcat and hogs.

Willis hunted the Peach Tree Ranch where the elk had never been hunted until this season. "The herd was in very good condition," he says. "At this time of the year the rut was starting; we saw bulls with broken points and beams. My advice is to go early if you want a quality bull. There are many great bulls still on ranch, 6x8s and 7x7s."

In a follow-up phone call, Willis stressed the fact that Luis has "something special" in this hunt and that Jeff Neal was right in recommending it. "The two bulls that came off the ranch this year are the proof. We saw another 7x7, the herd bull, that hasn't come to full maturity with his crown points.

"We did some walking, but this wasn't a hard hunt. I believe almost anyone could do it and take a quality bull. Alfred puts on a good hunt. This was the first year and he's still dialing in accommodations, so I stayed in a hotel rather than on the ranch. I think he'll have that all set up for next year."

Willis gives the basic cost of his hunt (which was taken as a last-minute cancellation) as $16,500, including the tag, plus........(continued)

 
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