From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Those applying to be an elk guide for Pennsylvania's upcoming season need to submit a completed application to the Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection by Oct. 1. Guide permits cost $25 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.
Based on updated regulations, anyone convicted of a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code or Game Commission regulations within the last 10 years is ineligible to obtain a guide permit. Also, applicants who have been convicted of a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code or Game Commission regulations within the last 10 years will be rejected.
Guides may provide assistance in locating or tracking elk and calling for elk, but they may not harvest an elk. Permit applications may be obtained from the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters by calling (717) 783-8164, or by contacting any of the Game Commission regional office.
The Board of Game Commissioners created the elk guide permit to allow experienced individuals, especially those familiar with or live in the elk range, to serve as guides. Guides are not required for those who only plan to accompany an elk license recipient, or those who plan to aid a successful elk hunter to remove an elk from the field.
Those seeking elk guide permits also should consult with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources concerning special guiding permits and requirements on state forest or state park lands.
DRAWING FOR ELK LICENSES
The public drawing for 2010 elk hunting licenses will be webcast at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. To view the drawing online, click on the Live Elk Drawing icon posted on the agency's website at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pgc/9106.
To watch the live feed, a Flash Player must be installed on your computer. Those without Flash Player installed on a computer, can visit http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/. Once Flash Player is installed, the live feed of the drawing can be viewed.
Following the agency's public drawing to award 50 elk licenses, those who have submitted applications can check by Sept. 17 to see if they were selected. Currently, the status for all individual elk license applications is listed as "Pending." After the database is updated Sept. 17, those who were selected will see status changed to "Awarded." The Elk Hunt Zone and awarded for an antlered or antlerless elk license will also be designated.
To access the information, go to the Game Commission website and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the "Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit" option, which includes the ability to "Check on the status of any Lottery Application," scroll down and click on the "Start Here" button at the bottom of the page.