The Elk Are Back In Pa

08.07.13 | Bob Price

Elk were gone from Pennsylvania for about 50 years at the time the Game Commission began efforts to reintroduce them to the state in 1913.  One-hundred years later, the state's elk herd is the largest in the Northeast and restoring elk to Pennsylvania is considered one of the great accomplishments in wildlife conservation history. And for those hoping in this anniversary year to participate in Pennsylvania's annual elk hunt, there's still time to enter in the drawing for licenses. Hunters have until August 25th to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). Applications can be submitted anywhere hunting licenses are sold, or online at the Game Commission's website,  The number of licenses to be allocated has been increased to 86, up from the 65 licenses issued in the 2012-13 season. The drawing will be held on Friday, September 13th in the auditorium at the Game Commission's headquarters in Harrisburg.