When the morning's light begins to seep across the Pennsylvania elk range the eleventh annual elk harvest will begin.
Guides and clients will be in the field as well as the elk
Bulls that thrilled thousands during the rut will be targeted with this year's increased license allocations
As these trusting animals go through their day tommorrow it will seem much like any other day. When a group of people approach they will hear what they may think is another click of the shutter; instead it will be the metalic snick of a rifle's safety being released.
While photographing the rut with a visiting west coast photographer he mentioned that he had photographed elk all over the western United States and Canada and that this was the best that he had ever seen. When the subject of the elk season was brought up he could scarecly believe that the same animals we had been moving freely among would be targeted to be killed for trophies. With an incredulous look he asked "Why?"
Why indeed! But no matter; in the morning the killing will begin.
For more information and observation concerning Pennsylvaina Elk visit Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer.