Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe announced that 53 of the 57 licensed elk hunters were successful during the 2011 elk seasons. Of that total, 19 were antlered elk and 34 were antlerless elk.
Taking the heaviest antlered elk was Bill Zee of Doylestown, whose bull had an estimated live weight of 930 pounds and a 9x8 rack. He took the bull, Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Clearfield County, and its unofficial Boone & Crockett green score of 426 and five-eighths inches will rank it No. 2 for non-typical Pennsylvania elk if the score holds up after the required 60-day drying time.
Other high-scoring antlered elk and the estimated live weights are: Jesse Heiple, Somerset, 772-pound, 8x7, November 1, Elk County, 399 green score; Ken Kastely, Carroll, Ohio, 780-pound, 9x9, November 1, Clearfield County, 386 and five-eighths inches; and Calvin Wallace, Kylertown, Clearfield County, 711-pound, 6x7, October 31, Elk County.
Garry Foreman, Hershey, took the heaviest cow elk. He shot the 601-pound elk November 5 in Elk County.
Mike McGinnis, Lyndhurst, Va., who was the successful bidder for the Elk Conservation Tag during the Safari Club International's national conference earlier this year, took an antlered elk. He shot a 7x9 bull October 19 in Elk County.
A discussion on expanding Sunday hunting opportunities in Pennsylvania will be part of the agenda at next week's annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 14-16.
A recent independent study shows that Sunday hunting will bring a much-needed economic boost to rural areas. Comprehensive research from both the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee shows that allowing hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania would generate a total annual economic impact estimated at $800 million and create approximately 8,000 jobs.
This week's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, Sunday, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature "Must Have Outdoors" television co-host Andrew Howard.
Hunters traveling during the upcoming bear and deer season are able to check traffic and road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of roadways by calling 511 or logging onto the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's website at www.511pa.com before leaving for their trip.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Nov. 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail email@example.com.