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tackle, you'll need to get close to elk
to get a shot. That means you'll have to
avoid detection by the animal's nose - a
tall order on sunny and sweat-soaked
September days.
Playing the wind is a must, Banfield
said, and many hunters employ other
scent-control measures, as well.
While an archer's deer-hunting setup
might suit elk-hunting needs, there are
slightly different tackle requirements
between the archery deer and elk seasons,
so some outfits might need adjustments.
Elk hunters may use bows with 45-poundor-heavier draw weights. When hunting
deer, the minimum bow draw weight is 35
pounds. Crossbows used for elk hunting
or deer hunting must have minimum draw
weights of 125 pounds.
Broadheads used for elk must be
slightly larger - at least a 1-inch cutting diameter opposed to the 7/8-inch
minimum for deer. When hunting either
species, the maximum broadhead length
is 3.25 inches.

CALLS & DECOYS
The screaming bugles that echo
through hollows and across open fields
in elk country play no small part in the
September spectacle that draws wideeyed tourists from every direction.
And for hunters, the ability to mimic
these or other calls could be the difference between pulling a bull into range or
watching it pass in the distance.

SEPTEMBER 2020	

Since few archery elk licenses are
awarded, and hunters are spread across
their assigned hunt zones, Pennsylvania
elk don't hear many simulated calls.
While some elk-watchers use calls, more
and more might be holding off, knowing that elk hunters now are afield in
September and not wanting to interfere.
The limited calling exposure elk face is
an advantage for hunters, Banfield said.
Hunters who are making their first elk
calls in preparation for Pennsylvania's
September season are wise to put in at
least a couple weeks of practice ahead
of time, Banfield said. He said it might
be easier to get the hang of a bugle tube
compared to a diaphragm call that uses a
combination of a latex reed and forced air
to replicate elk sounds, including bugles
and cow mews. Other blow-through calls,
as well as handheld squeeze calls, also are
available to mimic elk sounds.
Bugling might be the quickest way to
locate a bull, Banfield said, but calling too
aggressively could have the counter-effect
of scaring some off. If a bugle fetches a
response that makes a bull's presence
known, following up with a cow call
might be the best way for the hunter to
keep the bull comfortably interested, and
perhaps pull it closer.
As with calling to turkeys or other
game, effectiveness and results might vary
from day to day, and from one animal to
the next.
Decoying might produce similar out-

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