As day fades into night a Bull Elk screams his challenge from a hilltop meadow
The Pennsylvania elk herd is a unique treasure. Where else in the Eastern United States can one view and photograph such magnificent animals?
For a population of animals to be available for viewing and photography they must not flee at the slightest hint of human presence. These elk are acclimated to human presence, allowing photographer and viewers a memorable experience.
The Pennsylvania Elk herd in the Winslow Hill Benezette area is visited by thousands of people each year in hopes of viewing these magnificent creatures. Also a select few, chosen by public drawing pull tags to kill an elk. Currently a small no-hunt zone encompasses the tourist area but the Pennsylvania Game Commission has seen fit to allow as many as 40% of this years allocation of bull tags to be filled around its border. The hunting which was begun a few years ago has effectively removed the huge bulls from the population. Few if any bulls survive long enough to obtain the truly massive size that was common before the hunt began.
Since shooting the Elk rut in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains I have not found much time for photography. Soon that will change for I have planned my next two vacation weeks to coincide with the whitetail deer rut.
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