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Pennsylvania’s Elk Country by Bonna L. Nelson

Dressed in dow n jackets and leather boots, armed with a map, binoculars, equipment and rumors of sightings, we set out to hunt the elusive elk along the 127-mile Elk Scenic Drive. On the cusp of fall in central Pennsylvania, leaves were beginning to turn mustard, scarlet, sienna and peach along the edges of the trail. We were advised to initiate the hunt just after sunrise or just before sunset and to search along the borders of forests and fields for the best sighting opportunity.

Though my husband is a hunter, we were not hunting for trophy elk. He only hunts game birds, and I do not hunt with a gun. Our equipment comprised a camera and a cell phone. We were hunting for the opportunity to see majestic elk in their natural habitat and to capture a memory to share. We camped out at a hotel in nearby St. Marys, a town in Elk County, Pennsylvania, where we exchanged el k sig ht i ng i n for mat ion ever y morning over breakfast with other