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Thursday, February 12, 2015

AUCTION OF PENNSYLVANIA ELK LICENSE RAISES $52K FOR CONSERVATION

State’s elk continue to generate excitement, revenue.

The quality of Pennsylvania’s elk, and the unique opportunity to hunt them continues to garner national attention, and there are numbers to prove it.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on Jan. 31 held its Hunters Rendezvous Auction, at which several special elk licenses were auctioned off to raise money for conservation.

Pennsylvania, with its Special Elk Conservation Tag, was among eight states for which licenses were auctioned off.

The tag sold for $52,500 – a new record for Pennsylvania. Only Arizona’s and Nevada’s licenses raised more for conservation.

Dave Ragantesi, senior regional director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said the money raised through the auction will stay in Pennsylvania, where it can continue to work to benefit the state’s elk.

“We are pleased to have a strong partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and look forward to utilizing these funds for continued improvement of our public lands in Pennsylvania’s elk country,” Ragantesi said.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Doty McDowell was among Game Commission staff who represented the agency at the Hunters Rendezvous Auction. McDowell helped man a booth that featured a display showcasing Pennsylvania’s elk, and he said he was impressed with the excitement it generated.

The booth was a busy place, as many of the people who would bid on one or more of the licenses auctioned off stopped by.

The response was phenomenal, McDowell said. People were amazed with the pictures they saw of the massive bulls taken in Pennsylvania year-in and year-out.

“One of the bidders was taking photos of our display and texting them to his client,” McDowell said.

The ability of Pennsylvania’s elk to excite isn’t anything new. In 2014, more than 26,000 hunters entered the Game Commission’s lottery drawing for a chance hunt Pennsylvania elk, and the sale of two Special Elk Conservation Tags raised more than $200,000.

All of that money supports elk conservation, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said, making elk a resource with the uncanny ability to attract resources of its own, benefitting not only elk, but other wildlife, as well.

“The opportunity to hunt Pennsylvania’s elk only tells part of the story,” Hough said. “Every year, thousands visit the elk range to learn about elk and to see these majestic animals up close.

“Pennsylvania’s elk certainly are something to get excited about, and tens of thousands of people are showing they understand that,” Hough said.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much of that money actually is used to help the Elk or even makes it to 'conservation' projects.?

Anonymous said...



Northcentral communities made
millions of dollars from hunters
and campers before Gary Ault
and the Game Commission started
the deer eradication program.

Elk viewing and elk hunting
will never generate the money
or the recreation that our deer hunting tradition did.

Generations of Families and
Friends no longer come to our
area to enjoy deer hunting
because for 15 years does
have been legal to hunt from September until the end of June(red tag, DMAP, bow, senior, junior, regular, and muzzleloading
seasons.

If a farmer killed all his cows and heifers, he'd have no herd.

Slowly, in some areas, the deer
are making a comeback due to the
fact fewer people are hunting.
Unfortunately, some hunters get
6 or 8 tags and kill lots of
does and button bucks.





Anonymous said...

With all of the money that the PGC makes on their elk, deer (tough few are left), bear and other licenses, you would think they would pay a reasonable amount of tax on the 100s of 1,000s of acres that they own throughout the Commonwealth. How would you like to pay a paltry $3.60/acre like they do? This practice puts more financial burden on land owners, homeowners and businesses by essentially taking these lands off of the tax rolls and someone (see above)has to pay more. The counties, townships, boroughs and school districts have to scramble to fill in that gap. It is time the PA legislature do something about the PGC's continual land grabbing. If they want to acquire more land at least make them pay their fair share.

Anonymous said...

"Generations of families and friends" also stopped coming here because a lot of them are too old or dead. After WW2, through the 50's, 60's, &70's into the 80's It was what people did from that generation ,Go to 'deer camp' in the mountains. But now, their grandchildren don't want to hunt because there are no deer to shoot. The heritage is lost.
The camps have been sold to new owners who don't hunt as much and have no interest.
Now camps are used more to go snowmobiling, boating, and fishing
or run 4 wheelers all over where their not allowed to be.

Anonymous said...

11:22 let alone the millions they make off the gas wells they have people need to stop selling them land

Anonymous said...

Only you shortsighted, ignorant folks in the northern tier would have a problem with acquiring more public lands. Im sure there are alot of people living in the concrete jungles in the southern corners of PA that would love to have this "problem."