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Now, I’m going to have to be completely honest with you here:  I had no earthly idea that elk had a native range in Pennsylvania.  At all.

What’s even more embarrassing about my faux-pas, however, is that I grew up not far from Pennsylvania elk country, just a few hours north in the heart of Whitetail Deer territory.  We had even heard rumors of moose in the area where I lived, but never did I imagine that there were elk roaming nearby.  We had always considered these majestic creatures to be a Rocky Mountain sort of thing.

Beside the fact that we already had to replace innumerable vehicles due to the size of the Whitetails who assaulted us on the roads at night.  I wouldn’t want to consider the sort of damage an elk could cause.

And, given that I had no idea that elk hunting opportunities were right on my proverbial doorstep, I suppose that I can certainly get behind any effort that’s being made to preserve and protect these habitats…no matter the size.

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Another piece of Pennsylvania elk country is permanently protected and open to public access thanks to a collaborative effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

The Woodring Farm II project entails 37 acres and is the newest addition to State Game Lands 311. It is located near a project finalized in 2014 and marks the 13th RMEF land protection and access project in Pennsylvania elk country.

“Even though these three parcels amount to just 37 acres, every piece of the puzzle counts in expanding the total amount of elk habitat acreage protected in Pennsylvania,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “We appreciate our partners at the Pennsylvania Game Commission as well as RMEF members and volunteers for their continual support.”

The property lies within the heart of the Pennsylvania elk range in Elk County’s Benezette Township which boasts the highest elk population density in the state.

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Pennsylvania hunters have been in the news quite frequently in 2018, with a story breaking late last night regarding a black-bear hunter who accidentally shot and killed a 500 pound grizzly bear in the Keystone State.

 

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