Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pennsylvania Elk Hunt: The Check Station Part II

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Display
John "Lamie" Wehler in foreground

I was talking to noted elk enthusiast John “Lammy” Wheeler when another successful party arrived.

The guide was Scott Rhodes from Alexandria, Pennsylvania. He appears to be affiliated with Lone Pine Outfitters. He was the driver of the truck, which was parked in the Game Commission parking lot on Tuesday. He was guiding Mike Stone from New York State.

According to Rhodes, they hunted hard all day and about 4:00 p.m. came on two bulls and some cows in the edge of the woods from a food plot. It seemed likely if they waited that the elk would go in the plot, but they didn’t take that chance. As I understand it they had to shift position to get a shot at the larger bull. The stalk was successful and they killed a 6x6. I first I thought this was likely the bull that I recorded at The Gilbert" on Tuesday morning, as he left the meadow headed in the direction of the reclaimed area, but when I analyzed the video it turned out that the bull in the viewing area was a 7x6 . (see previous posting)

The hunt was filmed by Jereme Thaxton and will be aired on Elk Country Journal, a program produced by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation .

Guide and Cameraman

6x6 Bull

I am reasonably certain as to where they killed the bull as the guide said it was in the woods near the newly reclaimed strip mine and that there was a pond just inside the woods. This was the same area that I watched on Sunday and Monday evenings, but it was out of sight of the place I was positioned. This is a vast opening with a large clump of trees in the center. I would have had to been in a different spot to have observed Tuesday evenings happenings. Had I been in the area, it is still doubtful that I would have seen the kill take place.

Area where bull was taken

This is a photograph of the area where the elk was taken. This shot was taken in August and is a panoramic view made by joining two pictures, with no attempt at blending them together. It did not seem possible to do it well as there is a bit of terrain in the center that is not included in either shot. It does give a reasonable idea of the area we are discussing. The pond is a short distance inside the woods and near or slightly to the left of the sharp point in the center of the picture.

Pond Inside Woods-Nov. 4, 2007

If one visits the Lone Pine Outfitters website they can see the food plot in the background in the shot where Rhodes, and Stone pose with the dead bull.


Kerri Farley said...

Another great post.... I am not familiar with ELK hunting except for what you have told the meat eaten? Or are these just trophy hunts?

Happy Thanksgiving....hope you have a wonderful day!

Willard said...


Thanks for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes and I wish you the same.

I would assume that the meat is eaten. Only the individual hunter can say just why he hunts these elk and then they may not reveal their innermost thoughts and tell their true motivation to others.

I fell certain that most, even those that have to settle for a cow license, would prefer to get a bull license. In most cases they look for the biggest bull possible.
It is the experience of hunting for and shooting such a large animal that attracts many, but I'm sure that they either use the meat themselves or divide it among friends, etc. or donate to the needy.

Someone who applies for a cow tag is most likely looking for meat for the freezer, but to repeat-only the hunter himself knows his true motivation.

ASHE said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom said...

Hope your Thanks Giving went well Willard.
Another great post and a lot to take in. I followed the link. I am sure it's that 'Hunter/Gatherer' in man that must kick in real stong in some folk.
I'm sure that Mike Stone from New York State will go back home with tales to tell, how they 'hunted hard' all day.. then just as the light looked like fading the guides picked up the Bull. If this is the only way revenue can be made then I suppose it as to go on. I feel saddened by it. What is it about 'Man' and the size of things? It can't just be penis envy can it.
I would like to say a big thank you to you Willard. I have read all that you have put, and I have spent a while over at Lone Pine Outfitters and read all about the hunts, from past years as well. I do not think I could pull a trigger to kill, when I have a camera to shot instead.
I don't think hunting should be stopped/banned I don't think I know enough about that to put a valid point across, it would only be my thoughts on seeing a dead deer/elk that would be making the discision.
I was talking this week to a chap who spends his spare time shooting pheasant, pigeon, rabbits and now and again foxes. I know that this weekend he will be out shooting and killing but I don't be-grudge that, I don't think worse of him for it... it's just that I don't want to do it.
BUT I will still pluck and cut the breasts from the pigeons he might get me. Pluck and cook the pheasants.
All in all Willard I don't want to shoot anything anymore... but I'd still eat what as been hunted.. like most of us will carry on eating farmed animals. I will not judge the men nor wish to take away their right to hunt when doing so is 'within' the laws of their country.

Willard said...

I hope you are feeling much better today.

I like your very thoughtful and honest comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

I wanted to address the revenue issue and my thoughts on the hunt very soon, but then I realized that the next two weeks is rifle deer season and most of the hunters will be away from the computer so I will at least wait until the first week is over. In the meantime I may post some more check station scenes and perhaps some pictures of other subjects.