HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nearly 85 percent of the hunters participating in Pennsylvania’s 2013 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced 72 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 9.
And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent.
In calling the season a success, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe offered congratulations to the hunters lucky enough to participate in this year’s hunt.
“Our annual elk hunt has become quite a tradition here in Pennsylvania and it’s a hunting opportunity we’re proud to provide,” Roe said.
“The fact we’ve been able to expand the hunt in recent years is a testament to the health and management of our elk herd, and hunts like this year’s are something to get excited about.
The 2013 harvest included several large elk.
Fourteen bulls were estimated to weigh 700 pounds each or more, with the heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt estimated at 847 pounds.
That bull sported a 6-by-7 rack that initially was measured with a Boone & Crockett score of 340 1/8 inches.
The largest bull in terms of the number of points on its rack was an 8-by-8 harvested Nov. 4 by Jeffrey G. Trought, Muncy. That bull was estimated at 676 pounds and its rack initially scored 389 7/8 Boone & Crockett points.
The bull scoring the most Boone & Crockett points in its initial scoring was a 7-by-7 harvested Nov. 4 by Thomas R. Schneider, Conshohocken. The bull was scored initially at 403 inches, and it weighed 724 pounds.
The largest antlerless elk, weighing 621 pounds, was harvested Nov. 4 by Timothy J. Mazol, of Danville.
Thirty-three of the 72 elk were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 4. Twenty-five were bulls.