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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Elk in PA

Hey guys, had a question for you about an Elk subject. I found sign of a Elk herd in a part of PA that is not within the range of their current habitat or actually not even close to their current range as shown on the PGC website for that matter. It is way back in an area that I call "no mans land" and takes me well over an hour to get to on foot and uphill the whole way including some bluffs that I have to negotiate while going up......now, my question is.....should I contact the game comission and tell them about my finding? Maybe wait till the hunting seasons are over then tell them? Whats your opinion? I attached a pic of one of the giant rubs I found in the area that tells me a giant bull elk is in the area. Thanks! Thumbs up

the rub below extends to about 7-8' high....I took it with my camera phone and have a few more I'll have to get on here later.

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Here is another pic of some rubs....these rubs were definitely within the 8ft. range and were clearly rubs...there were loose shavings on the limbs as well as the ground...you can see rubs on both the left and right trees.

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Ok, well I got an update on this subject.....I was doing a little research about the area and it ends up that the PA Game Commission did a survey not to long ago with residents of the county to see what they thought about Elk in the area.......they were talking about stocking some.....so I think that answers my question.....the game commission already knows...pretty interesting stuff.

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Guess they havnt updated thier Map yet for that area to be included so hunters wont be messing with that set of animals till they get settled in.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Elk in PA
cam69conv wrote:
Guess they havnt updated thier Map yet for that area to be included so hunters wont be messing with that set of animals till they get settled in.

yep I think your exactly right about that. We'll see what happens down the road.

Location: Colorado
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Elk in PA

NY state was messing with the idea of elk reintroduction butt never seemed to get it off the ground

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Great pics of the rubs. Would be real interesting to set up a trail camera in the area. Another possibility...elk may have just moved into the area and since its remote, no one ever noticed or did a helicopter survey there in winter. You think if the PGC stocked elk there, they would let the hunting public know, since their providing some of the funds.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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mw243 wrote:
Great pics of the rubs. Would be real interesting to set up a trail camera in the area. Another possibility...elk may have just moved into the area and since its remote, no one ever noticed or did a helicopter survey there in winter. You think if the PGC stocked elk there, they would let the hunting public know, since their providing some of the funds.

Thats exactly what I plan to do! When I get some extra time I"m going to set a game cam up there and leave it up there for a few weeks. Its a good hike up the side of a mountain for roughly a mile and takes about an hour to get there due to some of the bluffs and steep hills you need to negoiate on the way up. After looking at topo maps there are no other easier ways in. You can come in from the opposite side on flat ground but your talking about a good 4 mile hike through rough terrain as well as swamps. Definitely a perfect area for elk to establish themselves without human presence. I'll keep you guys updated and let you know when I get the game cam up!

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Location: Adirondacks, NY
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Hello to all, I am new to the forum. These are great pics, did you find other sign of elk in the area. Both trees are beech, I have seen this in the Adirondacks caused by porcupine chewing the bark off of beech trees, they love it. I am by no means saying that this is in the picture, but was not sure if it is something you had considered. Just a thought, by the way love the site.

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TheGreatwhitehunter wrote:
NY state was messing with the idea of elk reintroduction butt never seemed to get it off the ground

I think they'll end up there soon enough if the PA herd does well. I don't think they're too far away from the border.....for elk anyway.

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PGC says they have poor habitat for deer. But elk?

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