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muzzy7

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Well, how did you make out?  were you one of the lucky 53?

ARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today 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.
"Elk are one of North America’s premier big game animals," Roe said. "Pennsylvania is privileged to offer this unique hunting opportunity, a product of successful wildlife management that supports Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage. It’s an unparalleled experience for hunters, without all the travel and expense of a one- or two-week guided elk hunt out West."
The heaviest antlered elk was taken by William G. Zee, of Doylestown, Bucks County. He took a 930-pound (estimated live weight), 9x8 on Nov. 1, in Goshen Township, Clearfield County. Its unofficial Boone & Crockett green score was 426 and five-eighths inches. If this score holds up after the required 60-day drying time, it would be ranked second on Pennsylvania’s Big Game Records for non-typical elk.
Other high-scoring antlered elk (all estimated live weights) were: Jesse M. Heiple, of Somerset, Somerset County, took a 772-pound, 8x7 on Nov. 1, in Jay Township, Elk County, which green-scored at 399 and three-eighths inches; Ken Kastely, of Carroll, Ohio, took a 780-pound, 9x9 on Nov. 1, in Covington Township, Clearfield County, which green-scored at 386 and five-eighths inches; and Calvin E. Wallace, of Kylertown, Clearfield County, took a 711-pound, 6x7 on Oct. 31, in Jay Township, Elk County.

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I ended up shooting a real big cow, 394lbs field dressed, 512 lbs. estimated live weight.  I hunted all day Monday and Tuesday morning with the bow.  Almost had a shot Monday am at 30 yards but there was too much brush in the road.  We were 2 miles back in the bush at that spot.  Would have been torture getting that one out.  Almost had another opportunity Tuesday morning but the wind shifted at the last minute on a stalk in the thick fog and we got busted.  Due to electricity outage and ensuing computer problems at my business I decided to come home early so I sat on a big hill overlooking a meadow on Tuesday afternoon with a borrowed rifle and ended up taking this big cow that came right out the spot we had scouted for an afternoon bowhunting sit.  I was going home in the morning regardless , so I took the rifle to cover the largest area possible.  It ended up being a 300 yard shot which surprisingly was very satisfying for me.  I had never shot an animal over 125 yards before in my life and only been on a 200 yard range once.  It took me 10 minutes to get comfortable enough to take the shot but when I did, I hit only 3 inches away from where I was aiming. She only went 40 yards and piled up.  Darn thing was so heavy that her front quarters bent my meat hooks when I got her home and hung her in my walk in.  My son and i ate some tenderloins the other night.  they were delicious.

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 Good deal Andy glad you got one.


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Congrats Andy on your cow elk! I'm originally from the town of Clearfield in Clearfield County very close to where the one who took the big one in Goshen. It's good to see someone bag one up there. Elk and Clearfield Counties are the best for Elk up there in Pa.

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That is great !!!  Congrats Andy!!!
 
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Great job!  Glad to hear you got one!!!!


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Congrats!


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Congrats!  It was a pretty successful  year.  You will have plenty of food for the freezer.

How did you like the guide?

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Way to go..CONGRADS..


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Andy, that is awesome!  Some great elk country out there.  I almost needed your services again, same exact spot as last time, but was able to finish the deal this time.  Good job!  Steve


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How did you like the guide?



I used Hick's Run Outfitters and was well satisfied with their services.  My personal guide knew the area well and they had no problem with me coming up early and spending a few days scouting with the guide. The pre-scouting made the hunt very enjoyable for me.  I did not just want to go sit where someone else had found the spot.  Here are a few photos.  My walk-in is really full.

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Congrats -

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Awesome Andy !!! Just curious, were you shooting a Savage Weather Warrior and if so what caliber??  I ask because your gun looks very much like mine.
Mine is a .300RUM.
Once again CONGRATS !!!!


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The gun was borrowed from the guide.  It was a Savage but I do not know what model except that it was a youth model of some sort which worked well for my short arms.  It was chambered in 300 Winchester short mag.  I had excellent bullet performance.  I hit it square in the ribcage and found the bullet perfectly mushroomed under the skin between 2 ribs on the other side.

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congrats andy

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Andy, I've never met you nor talked to you ...I shoot straight , just joking....HOWEVER, from what I gather you offer a wonderful service to both the animal harvested and the hunting community and I'm very glad to hear you got one for the "good guys". CONGRATULATIONS, elk IMHO is right there at 1 and 2 with sika deer so I hope you savor the flavor and enjoyed a lifetime of memories. Nice Work!

Anthony

PS....I'm sure at one point or another I'll have to use your services but in the mean time a BIG Thank You from all of us and again congrats!
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Well done Andy! Good eating there...

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Wow, that is a big sika deer (or close ancestral relative)!  Congrats again.  I really respect how you did your own scouting early.  Probably made it that much more rewarding!

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Well done Andy! Good eating there...

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Hey Andy.  How's Ruby dong this tracking season?  If you look close in the walk-in photo you will see I collected 2 gallon bags of elk blood when I gutted her.  If PA goes legal for next year like I expect, I plan on doing some elk tracking next year so I saved some blood for training.  I saved some elk feet too but I don't think they will fit in the tracking shoes.

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Congrats!
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Andy
Not a good season so far. We went on a few tracks that were (imo) loin hits. Then Sunday night, after a very long track that day of trying to run a buck out of blood (unsucessfully - I remember your video from this fall with Eibe's monumental track - btw the guy who owns that farm/woodlot is a friend of mine!), Ruby wouldn't put any weight on her left foreleg. Probably a thorn, but she didn't worry her paw as she has done in the past with thorns - she was chewing on the front of her leg and didn't wince when I manipulated it - so ?? Anyway, Ruby's just about back to normal.

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