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Elk hunters harvest 41 elk in Pennsylvania

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- During the 2010 elk season, 41 of the 51 licensed elk hunters were successful, and one hunter's elk is a possible new state record typical.  Of the elk taken, 18 were antlered and 23 were antlerless.  

The heaviest antlered elk was taken by John A. Murray Jr. of Grindstone, Fayette County.  He took a 880-pound estimated live weight, 7 by 7 elk Nov. 1 in Benezette Township, Elk County.  

Hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlered elk harvested, were Charles H. Stowman, of Westover, Clearfield County,  with an 868-pound, 8 by 7 Nov. 3 in Grove Township, Cameron County; Domenic V. Aversa Sr. of Woolwich, N.J., with an 867-pound, 7 by 7 on Nov. 1 in Jay Township, Elk County; Richard R. Lundgren of Kittanning, Armstrong County, with a 852-pound, 8 by 9 on Nov. 1 in Jay Township, Elk County; and James F. Wolfe, of Mercersburg, Adams County, who took an 823-pound, 7 by 7 on Nov. 1, in Covington Township, Clearfield County.  All weights were estimated live weights.

Antlers from Aversa's elk green scored at 389 and 7/8 Boone & Crockett. If the score holds after the 60-day drying time, it will be a new record for a Pennsylvania state typical elk taken with a firearm. The current record is held by John A. Polenski of Meyersdale, Somerset County, who took a 6 by 7 antlered elk that scored 370 in 2009.

The heaviest antlerless elk was taken by Mark E. Gowarty of Johnstown, Cambria County, who harvested a 582-pound estimated live weight antlerless elk Nov. 2 in Benezette Township, Elk County.  

Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest (all estimated live weights) antlerless elk harvested were Nicholas J. Draghi of Elmira, N.Y., who took a 575-pound antlerless elk Nov. 2 in West Keating Township, Clinton County; George R. Shupe of Scottdale in Westmoreland County, who took  a 571-pound antlerless elk Nov. 1 in Jay Township, Elk County; Russell P. Krut of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, who took a 555-pound antlerless elk Nov. 3 in West Keating Township, Clinton County,  and Timothy J. Conners of Monroeville in Allegheny County who took a 549-pound antlerless elk Nov. 4 in West Keating Township, Clinton County.

Robert Ehle of Orefield in Lehigh County who was the successful bidder for the Elk Conservation Tag, also harvested an antlered elk.  He took a 5 by 6 Oct. 7 in Shippen Township, Cameron County.   Ehle purchased the Conservation Elk Tag during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation national conference in 2010 and was able to hunt from Sept. 1 to Nov. 6.

For more information on elk in Pennsylvania, visit the Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

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