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Old 10-31-2012, 08:15 PM
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They've gotten a lot more spread out over the last 12 years of hunting and are pretty wild since the bullets started flying!! The ones around the visitor center are still tame to some extent but thats a no hunting area...yes, any easterner would have to travel some distance to listen to them..I usually go up three or four times a year to spend the day with them..
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:01 PM
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My family has a camp just outside the Quehanna Wild Area in Elk County. I used to go up and watch the elk when I lived in State College. You are right there are some real toads up there! I loved seeing them.
The thing is, most of them are pretty much tame pets that can be approached without them spooking too bad. If PGC were to issue so many tags that it wasn't hard to draw one, the elk populations would drop to critical levels because it would be like a repeat of the buffalo shoots on the great plains.

By the way, great pictures OP!
you might be surprised to know many of us in that area think that would be a
good idea. who invited them anyway? were any hunters asked wether drasticly reducing the deer herd while drasticly increasing the elk herd to promote a tourist industry was ok with them? 25 years ago we were told that area could no longer sustain a large deer herd. but what we werent told was
about the plan they had for the elk.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:36 PM
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They've gotten a lot more spread out over the last 12 years of hunting and are pretty wild since the bullets started flying!! The ones around the visitor center are still tame to some extent but thats a no hunting area...yes, any easterner would have to travel some distance to listen to them..I usually go up three or four times a year to spend the day with them..
frank you are correct in that they are more spread out. but you are wrong about them being wild. 20 years ago it would have been rare to see one in
the driftwood area. today a herd of 30 or more in a yard eating grass is a common occurance. very few bullets fly at them believe me on that. next time
your up that way stop at a few deer camps and get their take on the situation.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:28 AM
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Yoooo, you are correct, the ones that feed in the various towns are tame, they seem to like the freshly cut grass in peoples yards. I saw three bull's in medix run last week feeding like cows and all of them were over 350 inches. HOWEVER, getting back off the roads in the hunting areas year round is a different story. Any little puff of scent and they are gone..I've tried to get photos off the road and out of town and haven't had much luck over the last few years.. in my opinion they are getting a lot more weary of humans, problem is visitors see only the ones in the towns and near visitor areas and they are darn near tame. I'd like to see them transfer a lot of them to the new game lands in southern clearfield co. it's about 15'000 acres and a lot of grasses over reclaimed strip lands.. maybe the townies could be trapped and transferred into this area but of course that would require the pgc to do something other than write fines.. Anyway, I always enjoy watching them and mainly listening to them, to my surprise they are still bugling.. Here's a link to a video I shot last week in a visitor area.. seems like the pgc planted something they like in this field.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:59 AM
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well frank you may be aware that area is also extremly popular with long range hunters. all of that is done there using large tripod mounted binnoculars.
trust me when i say there are no remote areas that arent hunted in that manner. if you want to see elk go back to town.
its true they are attempting to get the elk into those areas.
they are creating large food plots which is something they never thought about for the deer. the vast majority of back dirt roads and all of the many pipelines in the area have been gated. got to keep at least most hunters out so as not to disturb the elk. quehanna is 50 000 plus acres. thats a helluva lot more than the 15 000 acre ex strip mines your referring to. did you know the area of the visitor center had been strip mines also?
in the early 50s the corrupt pa. polititions thought it would be ok to chase over 300 camps off the area now known as quehanna. our camp was included in that. then they turned it over to a private corporation for the purpose of developing jet enjines. curtis wright aircraft. the whole area including over 75
miles of pristine trout streams was completly fenced off and all access blocked to the taxpayers. who by the way still owned the land. they did alot more than test jet enjines there as it turned out. after about 5 years guess what, the whole thing went capoot. another good government idea gone sour.
so thats how quehanna came to be. the quehanna highway from karthaus to medix run had been a dirt road up till that point. same as the caldonia pike from frenchville to caldonia still is. some of the old camps are still along that road as you get nearer to medix run and beyond what had been stolen.
now theyve come up with another good idea.
shoot off most of the deer, gate the area off (again) and promote it as a tourist area for guys like frank to go see some elk.
sorry frank i can feel your excitment over seeing and hearing those elk.
the first elk i ever saw was in yellowstone in the early 70s.
now i have to be carefull where i step in my own yard.
the price for that is too high in the minds of many of us.
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Re: Pennsylvania ELK...

My good friend leaves tomorrow to get to camp. He pulled a bull tag and will be hunting next week. I hope he brings down one of those crazy monsters that we have seen!
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My good friend leaves tomorrow to get to camp. He pulled a bull tag and will be hunting next week. I hope he brings down one of those crazy monsters that we have seen!
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