2002 Cow Elk Quota Hunt Results

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Kentucky's second cow elk hunt in 150 years conducted from December 7 through December 9, 2002 was a tremendous success for all six Kentucky resident hunters.

The biggest of the six total elk taken during the cow-only hunt was Waddy resident David Casey's 530-pound animal. Casey harvested his large, adult cow at 8:40 a.m. on opening day with a 315-yard shot from a Remington Model 700 30.06 caliber rifle.

Shepherdsville resident Harold Smith took his 520-pound cow elk at 4:25 p.m. the first day from 75 yards away using a Remington Model 7400 .270 caliber. David Englert of Owensboro took another excellent animal, a 515-pounder at 8 a.m. on Saturday, making it the first taken of the 2002 cow hunt.

Ashland resident Joseph Christian had the most difficult task of any of the hunters participating in the 2002 cow elk hunt. He steadfastly refused to forsake his traditional percussion cap muzzleloader in nearly a day and a half of stalk-style hunting. His persistence paid off, however, with a 475-pound cow elk taken at 10 a.m. on December 8.

Former coal miner Kenny Mitchell of McDowell, Kentucky could not start hunting until December 9, but he didn't need long to connect with a Kentucky born and bred 440-pound cow elk around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.

The final participant, Louisvillian Bill Haycraft used a custom built Mauser 30.06 rifle to take his 300-pound antlerless animal also on December 7.

Permits for next year's elk hunt random drawing are on sale now until May 31, 2003. Hunters for the four bull and six cow elk tags will be drawn at the Elk Festival in Hazard, Kentucky in late July, 2003.