November 11, 2008
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive
Director Carl G. Roe today announced that 40 of the 45 licensed elk
hunters harvested an elk during the season that was held Nov. 3-8.
Additionally, of the 10 licensed elk hunters who participated in the
September season, two harvested an elk.
“Elk are one of North America’s premier big game animals,” Roe
said. “Pennsylvania is privileged to offer this unique hunting
opportunity, a product of successful wildlife management that helps
to finance wildlife conservation and supports Pennsylvania’s rich
hunting heritage. It’s an unparalleled experience for hunters,
particularly those who can’t afford to go on an expensive one- or
two-week guided elk hunt out West.”
Along with extracting samples needed for disease testing, the
agency also collected samples necessary to examine food preferences
and habitat use by elk. Also, hunters collected liver samples that
will be evaluated for mineral contents.
The largest antlered elk was taken by Susan Luse, of Aaronsburg,
Centre County. She took a 799-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 3, in Covington
Township, Clearfield County.
Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlered elk
harvested, were: William Kleppinger, of Quakertown, Bucks County,
took a 653-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 3, in Bradford Township, Clearfield
County; Tyler Rieder, of St. Marys, Elk County, took a 652-pound,
7x7 on Nov. 6, in Covington, Clearfield County; Darrel Maines, of
North East, Erie County, took a 624-pound, 7x6 on Nov. 3, in Grove
Township, Cameron County; and Kerry McAfoose, of Kittanning,
Armstrong County, took a 591-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 4, in Benzette
Township, Elk County.
The heaviest antlerless elk was taken by James Misti, of
Lyndonville, New York, who harvested a 435-pound antlerless elk on
Nov. 4, in West Keating, Clinton County.
Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlerless elk
harvested were: Leroy Byler, of Mercer, Mercer County, who harvested
a 409-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 6, in Benezette Township, Elk
County; Thomas Williams, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, who
harvested a 406-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 4, in Benezette
Township, Elk County; Bernard Cossack, of Old Forge, Lackawanna
County, who harvested a 400-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 5, in
Benezette Township, Elk County; George Laudeman, of Minersville,
Schuylkill County, who harvested a 395-pound antlerless elk on Nov.
3, in Gibson Township, Cameron County.
For the September 2008 hunt, which was held September 1-27, two
elk were harvested. Dale Schmidt, of Germansville, Lehigh County,
and Cark Kemp, of Leechburg, Armstrong County, each harvested an