to Improve Pennsylvania’s
Elk Hunting License Program
December 9, 2013
HARRISBURG- This week the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee advanced
legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s elk hunting license program, according to
Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati, a co-sponsor of the bill, explained that the
legislation makes important changes to enhance Pennsylvania’s elk program and
provide for greater economic development and regional tourism benefits.
According to Scarnati, the legislation reauthorizes the Elk
License Auction Program that expired in 2013, requires that the annual elk
license lottery drawing take place in Benezette during the Elk Country Alliance
Festival and creates an additional elk license category to be raffled by the
Keystone Elk Country Alliance. The new license category created by the legislation will
raise funds for the elk habitat and local conservation programs.
“Senate Bill 1190 takes a significant step to ensure that our
local area receives benefits of the Elk Hunting License Program,” Scarnati
said. “Year after year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to our region
for the elk and to experience the beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds. It is important that the areas of our state
that host the elk continue to see economic growth and receive support for conservation
Scarnati was the chief proponent for relocation
of the annual elk license drawing to Benezette.
“Moving the location of the elk license
lottery drawing from Harrisburg to Benezette will serve as a positive way of
furthering regional tourism,” Scarnati said. “Having this annual event in the
local area makes sense since the licenses apply within our region.”
Pennsylvania's elk range covers
approximately 835 square miles in parts of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton
and Potter counties. Currently the herd
consists of more than 800 elk.
Senate Bill 1190 now goes to the full
Senate for consideration.