|Bull Harvested In Saddle Monday Morning|
The check station was very quiet when I stopped by slightly before noon on Thursday while headed back home. This was in marked contrast to the day before when several bulls were brought in to the checked.between 10:00 a.m. and noon.
|Elk Check Station|
Explanation: Hunt Zone 1 has no specified allocation, but is part of the open zone. The open Zone is also called Zone 11 and is a portion of the Elk Management Area as defined on page 88 of the 2011-12 Hunting and Trapping Digest issued with hunting licenses by the PGC. The closed area is the portion of the Elk Management Area also described on the same page where elk hunting is not permitted this year. I do not think the bull killed by the holder of The Governor's Conservation Tag is included on this chart. If not 3 bulls were shot in Zone 2, but this bull was recovered in Zone 10.
It is my understanding that hunters are required to hunt in the Hunt Zone for which they are drawn, with the exception that they may choose to hunt in the open zone instead if they so desire. It is interesting to note that 6 bulls were harvested in the open zone, which has to mean that the hunters were originally given another hunt zone but chose not to hunt there. Surprisingly Zone 2 had yielded only 1/2 of its' bull allocation, while Zone 8 had none killed. and Zone 7 had 1 of its' 4 tags unfilled. It would be interesting to know what zones the hunters who harvested bulls in the Open Zone were originally chosen for, but I did not think to check and see if this information was available at the time.
Based on statistics from past years, I would venture to predict that it is likely that most if not all of the bull tags will be filled, but it is very likely that some of the cow tags will not. According to Page 86 of the Digest there is an extended season from November 7-12, where those with unfilled tags may hunt for a bull or cow depending on the type of license issued to them, but only in areas outside of the Elk Management Area, which are areas where the PGC does not want an elk herd to become established.
Now for a few more statistics. The bulls fitted with numbered collars are listed by bull number and number of points, others by points only. NT means non-typical, while T means typical.
Bull 89 (8x9) -, Zone 9 Clearfield County: NT- Gross 440, Final 426 5/8
8x7- Zone 9 Clearfield County: NT Gross 405 6/8, Final 399 3/8
Bull 3B (8x7) Zone 7: T Gross 409, Final 333 5/8.
9x9-Zone 11 (Open Zone) Gross 409 1/8, Final 386 5/8.
The above information about the largest bulls is taken from my hastily scribbled notes and I hope that it is accurate. I am not sure if the 9x9 listed last is typical or non-typical.
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill