Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 10

And it's obvious the elk must see it
that way, too.
Route 144 splits the lower portion of
State Game Lands 100, and at regular
intervals along the road, signs designate it
as part of the PA Wilds Elk Scenic Drive,
a 127-mile horseshoe through the Elk
Management Area.
The signs actually showed up before
the elk did, Shannon said.
"But we knew they'd come," she said.
Glick said when he first came to the
Northcentral Region in 2004, he'd see
an elk track maybe once a year on State
Game Lands 100, always in the upper portion closest to the river. Eventually those
sightings would be of elk. And they've
turned up in more and more areas as the
herd has blossomed.
Game Commission elk biologist
Jeremy Banfield said the agency in 2013
began including State Game Lands 100 in
its annual winter survey to determine the
minimum number of elk living across the
elk range, and the numbers have gone up
each year, from nine elk counted there in
2013 to 58 in 2016.
Of course, they're not the easiest elk
to count - ask anybody who's familiar
with them.
Returning to his pickup on a muggy
September morning spent scouting deep
within State Game Lands 100, Elk County
From left, Tom Raffle, of Ruffsdale, needed
every minute of the 2015 elk season to
close the deal on this State Game Lands
100 bull. Elk have a long history in Centre
County. In the 1916 photo shown at center,
Game Commission employees stand over a
nuisance bull elk that had been threatening
children near Coburn on their way to and
from school. At right, Barry Skipper stands
with his 2015 bull, the first elk harvested in
modern times in Centre County.
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Outfitters guide Brian Hale said people
tend to underestimate the wariness of
these Centre County elk.
"They all think that it's Benezette and
you can walk right up to them," Hale said.
The elk are so wary, in fact, they've
actually led to the development of a better
elk trap - a clover trap similar to that used
in deer research, but modified for elk.
It was built out of necessity, Shannon
said.
"Because we can't get close enough to
dart the darn things," she said.
When the Game Commission, in
response to Centre County's now-stable,
year-round elk population, created Elk
Hunt Zone 13 in 2015, hunters, too, got to
experience the animals' wariness.
The three cow tags allotted there went
unfilled.
And Barry Skipper, a Reading, Pa.
man who was one of two hunters drawn
for a bull tag in the hunt zone's inaugural
year, said by sunrise on the season opener
he'd already realized the challenge that
lay ahead.
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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