A special piece of hunting history was made in Pennsylvania when the first-ever archery elk season took place in September of 2019. Pennsylvania Game Commission Elk Biologist Jeremy Banfield joined Marketing Director Matt Morrett to talk about how that exciting season came to be and explain the opportunities now available for those interested in pursuing elk in the Keystone State.
Jim Lickfeld and Luke Miller also join us on this episode, who were both fortunate enough to draw an archery bull tag in 2019 and had the opportunity to hunt in the inaugural season. On the first evening of the season, Jim was able to take the season’s first-ever archery bull, a 7×6 dark-antlered bull in Hunt Zone 10. Luke also successfully harvested a bull with his bow in Hunt Zone 13.
While the elk hunting opportunities are exclusive in Pennsylvania, it’s an important component of maintaining a healthy and sustainable herd. The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Elk Hunting Seasons – archery, general and late season – is July 31, 2020. A total of 164 tags will be allocated for the seasons, which is an increase of 20 tags from last year.
Thank you to everyone who applied for an elk license and thank you for being a Pennsylvania hunter!