Elk Licenses Awarded to 70 Hunters

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On Saturday, Sept. 28, visitors to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Elk Expo in St. Marys, Elk County, assisted the Pennsylvania Game Commission in awarding elk licenses to 70 hunters in a public drawing. Of the 31,458 applications eligible for the drawing, 66 elk licenses were awarded to Pennsylvanians and four to nonresident hunters.

"While there is great interest in the names of the hunters who will receive one of these 70 elk hunting licenses, by law, the Game Commission is not permitted to release information about our license buyers to the public," said Vern Ross, Game Commission executive director. "Beyond announcing the names and hometowns of those selected at the public drawing, we are not permitted to provide a complete list for public dissemination."

Those selected for the elk licenses will be mailed a confirmation letter within the week.

Of the 36 antlered elk licenses awarded, 34 went to Pennsylvanians; one to a hunter from Riverview, Michigan; and one to a hunter from Earlville, New York. Pennsylvania hunters selected represent the following counties: Armstrong (4); Bedford (2); Berks (2); Clearfield (2); Crawford (1); Cumberland (2); Dauphin (2); Delaware (1); Franklin (1); Indiana (2); Jefferson (1); Lackawanna (1); Lehigh (1); Lycoming (1); Northampton (1); Northumberland (1); Schuylkill (1); Somerset (1); Susquehanna (1); Tioga (1); Union (1); and Westmoreland (4).

The age breakdowns for the 36 antlered elk licenses are: four in the 12-19 age bracket; two in the 20-29 age bracket; six in the 30-39 age bracket; 11 in the 40-49 age bracket; 11 in the 50-59 age bracket; one in the 60-69 age bracket; and one in the 70-79 age bracket.

Of the 34 antlerless elk licenses awarded, 32 were awarded to Pennsylvanians; one to a hunter from Marlton, New Jersey; and one to a hunter from Warren, Ohio. Pennsylvania hunters selected represented the following counties: Allgeheny (1); Armstrong (1); Bucks (1); Cambria (1); Cameron (1); Chester (1); Crawford (1); Cumberland (1); Dauphin (1); Franklin (1); Jefferson (1); Lackawanna (3); Lancaster (1); Lehigh (2); Lycoming (1); Mercer (3); Montgomery (1); Northampton (1); Perry (1); Tioga (1); Union (1); Venango (1); Warren (1); Westmoreland (2); and York (2).

The age breakdowns for the 34 antlerless elk licenses are: four in the 20-29 age bracket; 10 in the 30-39 age bracket; 11 in the 40-49 age bracket; five in the 50-59 age bracket; three in the 60-69 age bracket; and one in the 70-79 age bracket.

All 70 elk license recipients will be required to attend a mandatory hunter-orientation program on Nov. 17, prior to being permitted to purchase their license. The elk hunt will be held Nov. 18-23.

Prior to the hunter-orientation program, all elk license recipients must obtain a general hunting license and bring it to the orientation program so that their back tag number may be entered on the elk license. Also, residents will need to bring a personal check or money order for $25 to purchase the elk license; nonresidents will need to bring a certified check or money order for $250 to purchase the elk license.

Based on recent trends, the elk herd conservatively is estimated to number 800. The elk population has been climbing steadily since the late 1980s, growing from 10 to 14 percent annually.