Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 7
sound strategy for elk hunting.
Those who have viewed elk on Winslow
Hill often think of Pennsylvania's elk as
habituated and easy-to-approach - an
effect that occurs - even out West - wherever elk feed in close proximity to people
"But elk that are hunted learn quickly
to avoid people," Banfield said. "The
farther you get from Benezette, the wilder
our elk are. To suggest all elk are habituated to people is a hasty generalization."
With bulls that exceed 800 pounds and
cows topping 500 pounds, bringing an elk
in is anything but a one-man operation.
But if you find yourself shorthanded,
Banfield said elk can be quartered and
brought in to the check station. The head
and lungs are required to be submitted for
testing and sex identification.
Last year, the elk drawing raised more
than $300,000 for the Game CommisJULY 2017
sion's elk-management coffers.
Special conservation licenses awarded
by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
and Keystone Elk Country Alliance secured
additional funding for elk conservation. The
RMEF tag sold at auction for $85,000; the
KECA tag generated $163,000 through a
raffle entered by 9,000 hunters.
This year's KECA raffle will be held
at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk
Expo on Aug. 20.
The easiest - and cheapest - way to
get into the elk hunt is through the Game
Commission's annual drawing, which will
be held Aug. 19 at the elk expo.
You can enter the drawing when you
buy your hunting license.
Considering the odds, which improve
every year you participate, taking a chance
wouldn't appear a tough decision.
If you're drawn, it'll become the best
$10.90 you'll spend in your life.