Pennsylvania Game News - January 2021 - 17

If you're looking to inject some unparalleled excitement into those cold, quiet
weeks that follow Christmas, consider
taking a chance on the January antlerless
elk hunt in the coming license year.
This year's late-season antlerless elk
hunt, involving 34 hunters across 13 of the
state's 14 Elk Hunt Zones, is sure to pack
the same excitement experienced by the
29 hunters - 28 of whom took elk - in the
inaugural hunt in January 2020.
In that first season, hunters took 11 elk
on the opening day and nine on the second
day. The remaining eight came over the
season's last four days, including one on
the last day, just before the season closed.
Eighteen of those successful
hunters were guided, but Jeremy
Banfield, Game Commission
elk biologist, said don't read
too much into that.
" Hunter-success rates from
the late season's first and only
year of data were high regardless of whether hunters chose to
go guided or unguided. "
Guides can be beneficial, particularly for hunters who are unfamiliar with
Pennsylvania's elk country and who seek
a guide service that provides lodging,
meals, transportation and harvested-elk
recovery, Banfield noted.
" But I wouldn't say the effect of guides
is greater in this season than in any other, "

Banfield explained. " It really comes down
to hunter preferences and abilities, and the
availability of free time to scout. "

JANUARY SEASON
Preceded by the elk archery hunt in
September and the general elk hunt in
November, the January antlerless elk hunt
is the last of the Commonwealth's three
elk seasons. It, like the archery hunt, was
created, Banfield said, to spread hunter
participation over a greater number of
days, and offer varied opportunities.
" The new chance to hunt bulls during
the rut is surely an appealing season to
bowhunters everywhere, " Banfield said.
" So, too, is hunting elk in the Alleghenies
on a snow-covered landscape. "
Hunters seem to agree. While 9,787
entered the drawing for the 2020 January hunt, the number of entrants rose to
13,463 for 2021.
Unlike elk out West, there isn't much of
a difference between summer and winter
elk home range in Pennsylvania.
" There is some home-range drift and
most of the elk are at lower elevations in
winter months, but they still seek out food
plots and young forest, places that offer
the chance for elk to graze or browse, "
Banfield said. " Elk survival through
winter, however, is more dependent on
summertime forage and the fat reserves
they can accumulate to help carry them

WONDER

TE-SEASON COWS
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