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:
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.