California is home to this special species of elk. Dedicated biologists have worked for many years to bring the Tule elk population to huntable levels. Permits are still very difficult to obtain, Atchesons have a number of permits for the next season. The Tule elk is a 250 to 300-pound bull; racks of six to nine points per side are not uncommon. This species of elk begins rutting in late July, with prime hunting through the middle of August. Success is generally 100% on bulls ranging from 250 to 300 points.
A 285-point bull is a record class animal. Ranch-style camps on private land are the norm. A must hunt for serious elk hunters.