Jersey Shore man harvests elk weighing more than 700 pounds

During the regular one-week elk season, Eddy Stamm, of Jersey Shore, harvested a 6-by-6 bull elk weighing 741 pounds. He was among the more than 78 percent of hunters who took home a trophy in Pennsylvania’s 2016 elk hunt.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last Tuesday that 97 elk were taken by hunters during the regular season that ended Nov. 5.

For those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 96 percent.

The 2016 harvest included some large elk. Fourteen bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two going more than 800 pounds. The heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt was estimated at 824 pounds. That bull, which sported a 9-by-8 rack, was taken Oct. 31 by Stephen Winter, of Perkasie.

The other 800-plus-pound bull (813 pounds), which had a 7-by-8 rack, was harvested with a bow on Nov. 4 by Steven Armburger, of Guys Mills.

The largest bull in terms of rack size was a 9-by-8, harvested Nov. 2 by Joshua Fuqua, of Clymer. Its rack initially was measured at 418-6/8 inches, according to Boone & Crockett big-game scoring standards.

The second-highest-scoring bull, taken on Oct. 31, by Donald Newman, of Andreas, had an 8-by-9 rack initially measured at 407-2/8 inches. That bull weighed 776 pounds.

Official measurements of these bulls cannot be taken until the antlers have air dried for at least 60 days after the animal was killed.

Pennsylvania elk are well represented in the Boone & Crockett Club’s records, and in the state record book.

Other large bulls taken include a 6-by-7 weighing 797 pounds taken by Michael Baer, of Waynesboro; a 6-by-7 weighing 761 pounds taken by Mark Butcher, of Newport; a 6-by-7 weighing 745 pounds taken by Israel Messinger, of Palmerton; and a 6-by-6 weighing 741 pounds taken by Paul Scansaroli, of Downingtown.

There also were some large antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Eleven of the 73 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.

Fifty-six — 10 bulls and 46 cows — of the 97 elk harvested were taken on the opening day of the elk season Oct. 31.

To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 30,000 applicants.

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