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If you want in this year- you have until 8/26!!

ELK APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES
Webcast planned for public drawing of elk licenses

HARRISBURG - Hunters looking to participate in this year's Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 26 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). This can be done at any issuing agent or through the "Enter Elk Drawing" icon in the center of the agency's homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us).

Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 86-88 of the 2012-13 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is provided to license buyers and may be viewed on the agency's website.

On Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., the Game Commission will hold a public, computerized drawing in the auditorium of its Harrisburg headquarters. At that time, the agency will award the 65 elk licenses, the first 19 drawn will receive an antlered license and the next 46 drawn will receive an antlerless license.

By law, only one application is permitted per person per year, and PALS will prohibit an individual from submitting more than one application.

Individuals are not required to purchase a resident or nonresident general hunting license to apply for the drawing. However, if they are drawn for one of the elk licenses, hunters then will be required to purchase the appropriate resident or nonresident general hunting license and view the elk hunt orientation video produced by the Game Commission before being permitted to purchase the elk license. The elk license fees are $25 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

There is no cap, or limit, for the number of licenses that may be awarded to nonresidents. Individuals who applied in each year from 2003 through 2011 but were not awarded an elk license have nine preference points heading into this year's drawing if they submit an application this year, and will have their name entered into the drawing 10 times (nine preference points plus the point for this year's application).

As part of the preference point system established by the agency in 2003, consecutive applications are not required to maintain previously earned preference points, but those points can be activated only in years that a hunter submits an application. For instance, if a hunter has nine preference points, but does not enter the 2012 drawing, he/she will not have any chances in the upcoming drawing. However, their preference points will remain on hold until they apply in a future drawing. Once a hunter is awarded an elk license - either an antlered or antlerless elk license - the hunter's preference points will revert to zero.

Additionally, hunters who want to earn a preference point for this year, but know that they would not be able to participate in the elk hunting season if drawn, have the option of simply purchasing a preference point for $10.70. While they will not be included in the drawing for the 2012 elk licenses, they will continue to build their preference points.

Those applying for an elk license can choose either an antlered or antlerless elk license, or they may select either sex on their application. For those who select "antlered only," if they are drawn after the antlered licenses are allocated, they will not receive an elk license. For those who do receive an antlered elk license, they will not be permitted to re-apply for future elk hunting opportunities for five years. However, those who received an antlerless elk license in any of the previous hunts may submit an application this year.

Applicants also have the opportunity to identify their elk hunt zone preference, or they may select "NP" (no preference). If drawn and their preferred hunt zone is filled, applicants will be assigned a specific zone by the Game Commission.

The public drawing of applications to be awarded licenses will be webcast on Sept. 14. To view the drawing, a special icon will be posted online the morning of the public drawing for individuals to click on and watch the drawing.

"Each year, tens of thousands of individuals apply for an elk license," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "Unfortunately, not all of them can make it to the public drawings and we are unable to send everyone who applied a letter to let them know whether they were drawn. By webcasting the drawings, we make it convenient for more people to view these events without having to travel."

Roe also noted that those who have submitted applications can check the status of their applications for the elk drawing, as well as their antlerless deer license applications, thanks to the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

To access this information, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the "Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit" option, which includes the ability to "Check on the status of any Lottery Application," scroll down and click on the "Start Here" button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the "Continue" button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the "Check on the status of any Lottery Application" button, and then hit "Continue."

"While this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to get to the information, the system is designed to protect an individual's personal information, while at the same time enabling that person to check on the status of his or her applications," Roe said. "In the past, the only way to know for sure that you were awarded an elk license was to attend the public drawings, wait for a letter in the mail or to call the Game Commission.

"Thanks to PALS, we will be able to update the data files shortly after the elk drawing is completed so that license buyers will be able to see for themselves if they were drawn for one of the limited number of Pennsylvania elk hunting licenses."

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/porta...ses/newsrelease/articles/release__082_12.html
 

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Best of luck to you 56. You got quite a lot of pref points for PA, don't you?

I wish there was more room around these parts for a sizable elk herd, I didn't get drawn in AZ for 2 years when I lived there. It's just too hard to get out West for me anymore. I'm an elk hunter at heart. Still don't have one.
 

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Best of luck to you 56. You got quite a lot of pref points for PA, don't you?

I wish there was more room around these parts for a sizable elk herd, I didn't get drawn in AZ for 2 years when I lived there. It's just too hard to get out West for me anymore. I'm an elk hunter at heart. Still don't have one.
I started entering from the 1st year on, so yes- I have a few;).....but it takes "some luck" to get drawn since out of staters get 1-2 tags each year-if were lucky. Not great odds-but maybe by the time I'm 75:whistle:- I may get lucky. You'll just have to help me get up the mountain by then!!!:biggrin:
 

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I started entering from the 1st year on, so yes- I have a few;).....but it takes "some luck" to get drawn since out of staters get 1-2 tags each year-if were lucky. Not great odds-but maybe by the time I'm 75:whistle:- I may get lucky. You'll just have to help me get up the mountain by then!!!:biggrin:
Heck yeah 56, you get a tag, I'll help you pack it out. No strings. I don't care how old or young anyone is, elk is a lot of work! Hearing an elk bugle (and it's been a while since I've heard it) makes my hair stand up and my blood boil.
 

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Heck yeah 56, you get a tag, I'll help you pack it out. No strings. I don't care how old or young anyone is, elk is a lot of work! Hearing an elk bugle (and it's been a while since I've heard it) makes my hair stand up and my blood boil.
I'll let you when if I get picked at 75-that's 20 years from now!:D
 

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When I bought my PA license I also bought my first point. I'm hoping to be 75 by the time I draw a hunt, BUT if we end up living here for good I might be 65 by the time I draw.

It's OK, I've got a few for Utah and Wyoming and started building for AZ this year too.
 

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Did you get your application in on time?:mischeif:
 

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Release #103-12

Sept. 6, 2012

For Information Contact:

Jerry Feaser

717-705-6541
[email protected]

The following news release contains two articles:

1) GAME COMMISSION TO HOLD DRAWING FOR ELK LICENSES

2) ELK GUIDE PERMIT APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

GAME COMMISSION TO HOLD DRAWING FOR ELK LICENSES

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said the agency's public drawing for the 2012 elk hunting licenses will be webcast beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. To view the drawing, a "Live Elk Drawing" icon will be posted on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) for individuals to click on and watch the drawing.


"Each year, tens of thousands of individuals apply for an elk license," Roe said. "Unfortunately, not all of them can make it to the public drawings. And, due to financial limitations, we are only able to send notification letters to those who were selected to receive an elk license. By webcasting the public drawings, more people can view this drawing without having to travel to the agency's Harrisburg headquarters."

Beginning at 10 a.m., the agency will conduct the public drawing to award 65 elk licenses. Roe also noted that those who have submitted applications can check to see if they were selected, by Sept. 21, thanks to the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

Presently, the status for all individual applications for elk licenses is listed as "Pending." Once the database is updated, which is expected no later than Sept. 21, those who were selected for an elk license will see the status changed to "Awarded," as well as the designation of the Elk Hunt Zone and whether they were awarded an antlered or antlerless elk license. Those not selected will see the status changed to "Unsuccessful."

To access the information, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the "Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit" option, which includes the ability to "Check on the status of any Lottery Application," scroll down and click on the "Start Here" button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the "Continue" button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the "Check on the status of any Lottery Application" button, and then hit "Continue."

"While this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to get to the information, the system is designed to protect an individual's personal information, while at the same time enabling that person to check on the status of his or her applications, as well as their antlerless deer license applications," Roe said. "Prior to PALS, the only way to know for sure that you were awarded an elk license was to attend the public drawings, wait for a letter in the mail or to call the Game Commission.

"This year, thanks to PALS, we will be able to update the data files for each individual awarded a license shortly after the public drawing is completed so that they will be able to see for themselves if they were drawn for one of the licenses."

ELK GUIDE PERMIT APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

Anyone interested in applying to be an elk guide for the upcoming season should submit a completed application to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection by Friday, Sept. 28. Guide permits cost $25 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.

Applicants must possess a valid hunting license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under Title 34, Section 2706. Also, any application received from an individual convicted of a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code or Game Commission regulations within the last 10 years will be rejected.

Guides may provide assistance in locating or tracking elk, and calling for elk, but they may not harvest an elk. Permit applications may be obtained from the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters by calling 717-783-8164, or by contacting any of the Game Commission's six region offices.

The Board of Game Commissioners created the elk guide permit to allow experienced individuals, especially those who are familiar with or live in the elk range, to serve as guides for those who receive an elk license. However, an elk license recipient is not required to hire a guide.

Guide permits are not required for those who only plan to accompany an elk license recipient, or those who plan to aid a successful elk hunter to remove an elk from the field.

Those seeking elk guide permits also should consult with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources concerning special guiding permits and requirements on state forest or state park lands.
 

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Did anyone get lucky???? I'll be trying once again next year-:whistle:

Release #110-12

Sept. 14, 2012

For Information Contact:

Jerry Feaser

717-705-6541

[email protected]

GAME COMMISSION AWARDS 65 ELK LICENSES

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today held a public drawing to award 65 elk licenses for the 2012 season. The event also was webcast via the agency's website, drew more than 550 viewers, and served as a means to enable more people to view the public drawing. All 65 hunters selected to receive a license will be mailed a confirmation letter within about a week.

"Over the past few years, we have been pleased to enable the tens of thousands of individuals who apply for an elk license to find out via our webcast if they had been drawn," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "Given our financial limitations, we can't afford to send everyone who applied for an elk license a letter letting them know whether they were drawn; we only notify those who were selected.

"By webcasting the public drawing, we reached far more than the two dozen people who attended the event at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters."

Roe noted there were 18,613 individuals who applied for the drawing. An additional 707 applicants only purchased a preference point for this year, and were not included in the drawing.

"While state law prevents the agency from publishing a list of today's winners, thanks to another of the agency's technological leaps forward, those who were in today's drawings can check on the status of their applications, by Sept. 21, thanks to the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS)," Roe said.

Presently, the status for all elk license applications is listed as "Pending." Once the database is updated, which is expected by Sept. 21, those who were selected for an elk license will see the status changed to "Awarded," as well as the designation of the Elk Hunt Zone and whether they were awarded an antlered or antlerless elk license. Those not selected will see the status changed to "Unsuccessful."

To access the information, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the "Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit" option, which includes the ability to "Check on the status of any Lottery Application," scroll down and click on the "Start Here" button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the "Continue" button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the "Check on the status of any Lottery Application" button, and then hit "Continue."

"While this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to get to the information, the system is designed to protect an individual's personal information, while at the same time enabling that person to check on the status of his or her applications, as well as their antlerless deer license applications," Roe said. "In the past, the only way to know for sure that you were awarded an elk license was to attend the public drawings, wait for a letter in the mail or to call the Game Commission."

Of the 19 antlered elk licenses, 18 were awarded to Pennsylvania residents, and one was awarded to a hunter from Virginia. Of the 46 antlerless elk licenses awarded, 44 went to Pennsylvanians and one went to hunter from Florida and one to a hunter from Vermont.

Roe noted preference points played a significant role in determining those drawn. According to results, 19 of the individuals selected for an elk license had ten; 14 of the individuals selected for an elk license had nine; eight had eight preference points; six had seven preference points; one had six preference points; one had five preference points; five had four preference points; one three preference points; and eight had two preference points. Only two had applied for the first time.

All 65 elk license recipients will receive in the mail two copies of the Game Commission's elk hunter orientation DVD, which they must view prior to the elk hunt, and update materials. The second copy is to be previewed by their guide, if they choose to use a guide. Elk license recipients are not required to use a guide.

All elk license recipients must obtain a general hunting license prior to purchasing their elk license. Elk licenses cost $25 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.
 

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There was an error in the breakdown of number of antlered and antlerless elk harvested in the first version. The correct breakdown appears in the following: 19 antlered and 33 antlerless.

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Release #136-12

Nov. 15, 2012

For Information Contact:

Jerry Feaser

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RESULTS OF 2012 ELK HUNT ANNOUNCED

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that 52 elk were harvested by the 65 hunters awarded elk licenses for the recently concluded 2012 elk hunt, which was held Nov. 5-10. Of that total, 19 were antlered and 33 were antlerless.

The heaviest antlered elk was taken by Richard Tratthen, Jr., of Scott Township, Lackawanna County. He took a 840-pound (estimated live weight), 8x8 on Nov. 7, in Jay Township, Elk County.

Other large antlered elk (all estimated live weights) were: Robin Carleton of Mansfield, Tioga County, took a 775-pound 7x7 on Nov. 7 in Covington Township, Clearfield County; Roger Rummel of Nanty Glo, Cambria County, took a 758-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 8, in Covington Township, Clearfield County; Charles Ulrich of Allenwood, Union County, took a 729-pound 7x7 on Nov. 5 in Karthus Township, Clearfield County; and Charles Cahill, Jr., of Upper Darby, Delaware County, took a 720-pound 6x6 on Nov. 7 in Covington Township, Clearfield County.

The heaviest antlerless elk was taken by Sylvester Kronenwetter of Saint Marys, Elk County. He took an antlerless elk that weighed 616 pounds on Nov. 9 in Huston Township in Clearfield County.

Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlerless elk harvested were: Barry Rhoad of Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, 551-pound elk in Gibson Township, Cameron County, on Nov. 7; Terry McLaughlin of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, 549-pound elk on Nov 9, in Benezette Township, Elk County; Ed Roupe of East Fairfield, Vermont, 538-pound elk in West Keating Township, Clinton County, on Nov. 7; and Frank Webster of Greencastle, Franklin County, 520-pound elk in Benezette Township, Elk County on Nov. 7.

"Since 2001, when the first modern-day elk season was instituted, 523 elk have been harvested," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "In 2013, the Game Commission will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the elk restoration project. Watch future issues of Game News and the agency website for more highlights on this major conservation milestone."

As has been the case every year, agency biologists extracted samples needed for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing, and results are expected early next year.

For more information on elk in Pennsylvania, visit the Game Commission's website, put your cursor over "HUNT/TRAP" in the menu bar in the banner, choose "Hunting," and then click on "Elk" in the listing under "Big Game."

To Connect with Wildlife, visit the Game Commission at the following:

Website: www.pgc.state.pa.us

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PAGameComm

YouTube: www.youtube.com/pagamecommission

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaGameCommission
 
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