Another fall, another hunting season. Year after year, many dedicated hunters go after one of the largest game animals in the state, the elk (Cervus canadensis). These secretive animals pose a significant challenge to any hunter, with only the lucky (or well-prepared!) hunters successfully filling their tags. The Pennsylvania Game Commission sells approximately 125 elk tags each year, with roughly 100 of those tags ending up attached to their hunter’s take. This page will allow you to follow these hunter’s success stories throughout this year’s Pennsylvania elk season. Make sure to refresh the page to see the most recent data.
† Photo courtesy of Hal Korber
*The data used for these charts are preliminary and have not been reviewed for accuracy. The information you see on this page is subject to change. Official numbers will be released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the season.
Elk inhabit portions of Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Clearfield and Centre counties. The zones typically with the highest harvest are 2, 12, & 5. In the map below, the hunting zone boundaries are shown with a purple line. Click within any zone to see it's harvest total. The markers indicate the locations of elk harvested so far this season. Click on a marker to see the harvest information.
| Elk Hunt Zones | State Game Lands |
The graphs below shows the number of elk harvested over the 6 day season in three hour intervals. Hover over the line dots to see the harvest at a given time range.
The harvest continues after the general season as well outside the state's Elk Management Area. Here are the current harvest totals for different seasons across the state.
The zone 1 is open to all hunters and zone 7 is not open for hunting. For the rest of the zones antlered and antlerless elk licenses are allocated each year.
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The average weight for a Pennsylvania elk is approximately 400 lbs. An adult bull may weigh 600-1000 pounds and an adult cow may weigh 400-600 pounds. Below is a chart of this year's elk harvest that have been weighed.