Pennsylvania Game News - February 2015 - 5
"We found out at home the last
couple years, he's allergic to deer hair;
we didn't know how he'd be with elk,"
his dad explained. "We started taking
pictures and his nose started draining; he sneezed like crazy. So we got
the Benadryl in him and he did much
better. He was OK until he got close
to the elk!"
The Zone 2 bull had an estimated
weight of 689 pounds and strained the
backs of the five men who lugged it out
of 311 on a trailer. But it was worth its
weight in elbow grease tens times over
to Travis and his dad.
"I'm thrilled!" Kelly said. "I'm so
happy he got pulled for the tag; I'd
much sooner he had the tag than me
any day. I was just happy to be here
with him. He did good! I'm proud of
him. It's cool!"
George Oko's hunt on the opening
day for a bull unfolded rather quickly,
too, in Zone 5, near Weedville. But
that was a good thing for George.
Despite some terrific planning by his
dad, young George's hunt had been
cut short by the Coughlin High School
soccer team's ascension to the AA state
championship soccer tournament. In
order to play in the 16-team tourney,
though, George - a starter - had to
be in school at least for half a day on
Tuesday. As he and his dad headed out
on opening morning, George's school
clothes and books were packed in the
truck. He'd be leaving the elk range
with or without a bull early the next
No pressure here. Right?
One has to admire George's commitment to his team in the midst of a
George Oko Jr. and his dad, George Sr., pose with the fine 7-by-6 bull he took in Zone 5
near the community of Weedville. It was the third-largest bull taken in the 2014 Elk Hunt.