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post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 09-13-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Elk Visitor Center

I'm thinking about going to see the elk visitor center this Saturday. Are the elk starting to bugle? The next chance I would have would be early October. Would that be better?
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post #2 of 73 (permalink) Old 09-13-2011, 03:27 PM
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Early October would probably be better but it will also be more crowded. You would probably hear some this weekend. It's always worth the trip.
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I was there last weekend, and heard elk bugling. The bulls are heading toward Benezette, where the area is managed for optimum cow habitat and calf production. When it happens only once a year, they gotta go. Now is not a bad time to be there.

By the way, the doors to the Keystone Elk Country Alliance opened just one year ago, September 9, 2010. It's a top notch organization off to a great start, and headed up by the former elk biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Rawley Cogan. I could write a long post about the organization, but I'll make only one point in the form of a quote from their website about their gift shop:

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Our gift shop features apparel, unique works by Pennsylvania Wilds artisans, and other one-of-a kind Elk Country gifts.

Not only can you take a part of Elk Country with you, but you make a difference with every purchase. All proceeds from the gift shop go to help support the conservation of elk in Pennsylvania.

The best part is that absolutely everything in our gift shop is MADE IN THE USA! We're working hard to support our local, regional and country's economy.
Obviously, it's probably not going to have the broad national appeal of something like the NWTF, but it's worth checking out -- www.ExperienceElkCountry.com -- and visiting if you're within driving distance.

The "made in USA" commitment is not going to change the nation, and much of it is made by local crafters and artisans, but I thought the folks here might like to know this.

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Re: Elk Visitor Center

I was in the area today. No bugling for me
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I was in the area today. No bugling for me
You'll hear most of it in the morning and evening. If I was going, I'd make it a point to be there for the first 2 hours and the last 2 hours of daylight.

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post #6 of 73 (permalink) Old 09-15-2011, 01:21 AM
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I was there this Monday and Tuesday. Plenty of action and a good amount of bugling. We were also fortunate enough to be there for a bear tagging. Then over at Winslow Hill we had a bear visit us on his way to the dumpster in the parking lot.
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Ratherbehuntin, My mother and father both work at the visitor center. Mom helped the game commision also with the bear There are pictures on the centers facebook page on the tagging of the bear. She got the chance to help with calfs earlier in the year. Hope you enjoyed the center. As for the bugling mom and dad live within sight of the center and said the bugling is starting to pickup. I was there last year this coming week and got alot of pics and vids of the elk bulging. Morning and evening are going to be your best bet. If you can join Keystone Elk Country Alliance. All the money stays in Pa. Unlike when the RMEF was involved.
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Weasel, That is an awesome report can't beat that kind of up to date info. I am most likely going to be there Saturday evening if I get all my stuff done during the day.

Btw, tell your parents the visitor center is awesome and the people that work there are real friendly and helpful
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do they still have the live webcam? I tried but couldn't locate it.

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Weasel I'll have to see if I'm in any of the pics. I have pics on my facebook page of the bear taggings. It's a small world.
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