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required 60-day drying period would measure 442-6/8, the highest score for any Pennsylvania nontypical elk ever measured. The rack had a total of 17 points, 9 on the right main beam and 8 on the left, and had a 69-inch spread at its widest point. Perhaps the term “modern” elk season above should be explained. In years long gone, there were native elk in Pennsylvania. Legend has it that the last one was killed about 1867 by a Native American who went by the name Jim Jacobs. But just over a halfcentury later, in 1923, the Keystone State had an antlered elk season, and after that, one was held annually through 1931. In those nine seasons 98 elk of four or more points were killed. Those seasons were made possible by the stocking of 177 elk: 145 from Wyoming’s Yellowstone Park (50 in 1913 and 95 in 1915), the rest from preserves in South Dakota and Pike County, PA. There was no further elk hunting in this state until 2001. The 2011 elk season would not open until October 31, but Bill Zee wanted to do everything possible to aid his chances, so in early September he made the first trip from his Doylestown home northwest to Clearfield County. Zee met his outfitter, Jack Manack Jr. from Elk County Outfitters. Bill, Jack and several guides scouted the surrounding areas for the upcoming elk season. Even the locals spent every possible day scouting, because they just liked to see the country and the elk. Maybe the scenery wasn’t as spectacular as that of the Rocky Mountain states long known for their elk hunting, but even if it was more familiar as whitetail deer country, it seemed different somehow when the wapiti was the goal. Zee later said he saw more than 150 elk on his scouting trips, mostly cows but quite a few bulls. Many of these
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were doubtless animals seen more than once; nevertheless, it was always exciting to spot the free-ranging animals. When only days remained until the season opening, Zee packed his truck once more and headed northwest to get in a few final days of scouting. He felt a growing sense of excitement as the hours passed and the miles of now-familiar highway slowly disappeared behind his humming tires. During the last week prior to the season, the big bull they had been seeing disappeared. Then late Saturday afternoon it showed up at the edge of a cornfield. The following day Zee and his guide Gary Couteret were able to get permission to hunt the property. That evening as the sun was slowly setting Zee noticed shadows moving in the woods. The big bull appeared ghostlike, along with four other smaller bulls out on the ridge, skylined against the evening sun. Zee, who had seen several big bulls on earlier scouting trips, was overwhelmed by the size of this one. Gary was too. “That’s the biggest darn bull I’ve ever seen in the woods,” he whispered. Months before, when other Doylestown hunters heard that Zee had finally drawn an elk license, several came by to congratulate him on his luck. One friend, Bill Worrell Jr., asked, “Will you only be taking your bow?” He knew that Zee had for years hunted with the bow and had taken a lot of deer, some of them nice bucks. “Yes,” Zee said. “I can’t imagine going hunting without it. It would really be something to get an elk with it.” “But you are going to take a rifle,” Worrell said. “What one?” “I guess my old Savage Model 99 .308. I haven’t used it since my grandfather died more than 20 years ago. I sort of lost interest when he passed away, and living in Bucks County, all we can do is bow or shotgun hunt.” “An elk is lots bigger than a deer.” “The .308 oughta be enough, It’s as powerful as some early ’06 loads, and lots of guys hunt with that.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Whitetail Predation
Contents
Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
75 Whitetails
2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
A Question of Proof
Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 75 Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A Question of Proof
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 27
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
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