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Pennsylvania hunters harvest 53 elk

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- This year 53 of the 57 licensed elk hunters were successful during the elk seasons.  Of that total, 19 were antlered elk and 34 were antlerless elk.

The heaviest antlered elk was taken by William G. Zee of Doylestown, Bucks County.  He took a 930 pound, estimated live weight, 9x8 Nov. 1 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County.  The unofficial Boone & Crockett green score was 426  5/8.  If the score holds, it would be ranked second on Pennsylvania’s Big Game Records for non-typical elk.

Other high scoring antlered elk hunters, with estimated live elk weights, included  Jesse M. Heiple of Somerset, a 772 pound, 8x7 taken Nov. 1 in Jay Township, Elk County, at 399 and 3/8 inches;  Ken Kastely of Carroll, Ohio, a 780 pound, 9x9 taken Nov. 1  in Clearfield County, 386 5/8 inches; and Calvin E. Wallace of Kylertown, a 711 pound, 6x7 taken Oct. 31 in Jay Township, Elk County.

The heaviest antlerless elk was taken by Garry L. Foreman of Hershey who harvested a 601 pound antlerless elk Nov. 5 in Jay Township, Elk County.

Hunters rounding out the top five heaviest, all estimated live weights, antlerless elk harvested were Daniel W. Saulter, Coudersport, Potter County, who took a 594 pound antlerless elk Nov. 3, in Jay Township, Elk County; Gregory Collins, of Clearfield, Clearfield County, who took a 579 pound antlerless elk Nov. 2 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County; David Grata, of Johnstown, Cambria County, who took a 546 pound antlerless elk Nov. 1 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County; and Joshua Brubaker of Edinboro, Erie County, who took a 517 pound antlerless elk Oct. 31 in Benezette Township, Elk County.

Agency biologists extracted samples needed for chronic wasting disease testing. Results are expected in early 2012.

Michael McGinnis of Lyndhurst, Virginia, the successful bidder for the Elk Conservation Tag, also harvested an antlered elk.  McGinnis harvested a 7x9 on Oct. 19 in Jay Township in Elk County.   McGinnis purchased the Conservation Elk Tag during the Safari Club International’s national conference in early 2011, and was able to hunt from Sept. 1 to Nov. 5.

Under the state law that created the Elk Conservation Tag, of the $29,000 that McGinnis bid for the tag, $23,200 will go to the Game Commission’s Game Fund and $5,800 will be retained by Safari Club International.

For more information hunting elk in Pennsylvania, visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=568324&mode=2.

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