California Guided Tule Elk

Bitterwater Outfitters has partnered with California Department of Fish and game to manage and improve tule elk populations in San Luis Obispo County. We operate Private Land Management programs on three separate ranches. As part of the PLM program, we are allotted a number of tule elk hunts available to clients who wish to harvest an elk and did not draw a state tag. Hunts are limited so book your hunt today.

In addition to our PLM program, we also partner with private land owners within the La Panza zone area. Clients who drew a state tag within the La Panza zone can book a hunt on private land. Call for pricing.

Season Dates

PLM 1 (P):
        Bull - July 1 - Dec 31

PLM 2 (C):
        Bull - July 15 - Dec 31
        Cow - Sep 15 -Dec 31

PLM 3 (W):
        Bull - July 15 - Dec 31
        Cow - Sep 15 -Dec 31


PLM Elk Hunts
Bull: Call for prices
Cow: Call for prices
(PLM tag provided in cost of hunt)
** (gratuity not included)

Private Land Hunt
Call for pricing

What to Bring:

  • Current hunting license

What It Includes:

Up to five days of hunting with a guide for bull elk hunts.

Up to two days of hunting with a guide for cow elk hunts.

Field dressing and skinning of game.

All hunts include:

-Tent or trailer camping on the ranch free of charge
-Access to the shooting range to sight in your gun
-Access to the BBQ and fire pit

Meals are not included. See "Lodging" for additional accommodations.

Tule elk hunts can be scheduled weekdays and weekends.

Effective July 1, 2008, the California Fish and Game Commission modified the methods of take to prohibit the use of projectiles containing lead when hunting big game and nongame species in an area designated as the California condor range.

Bitterwater Outfitters is in the condor range and lead free ammo is required. For a list of certified nonlead ammunition, click here


It was a really good experience going on a hunt with Bitterwater Outfitters. I loved staying at the ranch headquarters. The operation is an old western, down to earth feel. Clayton was great to talk to and be around. Everyone that I know that has gone keeps coming back. If someone doesn’t come back, they don’t like to hunt.
Pat Murphy