Pennsylvania Hunters Take 99 Elk in 2018 Hunt

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Ninety-nine hunters harvested an elk during the 2018 Pennyslvania elk hunt. Thirty-nine elk – nine bulls and 30 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 5.

“Overall, the 2018 elk season was fairly typical with a slightly lower success rate for antlerless elk hunters,” said Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. “Normally we’d like at least a 50 percent success rate in each zone, where this year several zones had 100 percent success, while others reached only 20 to 40 percent success.”

Thirteen bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two of them going more than 800 pounds. The heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt was estimated at 894 pounds. One of the bulls had a 10-by-7 rack of antlers.

The drawing annually attracts more than 30,000 applicants.

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(Photo source: Pennsylvania Game Commission)