The video begins at Camp Nick, the headquarters of Elk County Outfitters. It soon progresses to the field and shows the shooter maneuvering in open timber to get a clear shot at the 9x8. The bull could not care less about the entire proceedings. He calmly feeds while the hunter delivers the killing shot at close range.
If you can, watch the video closely and form your own opinion about the proceedings.
There is the indisputable point that thousands thrilled at the sight of this animal during the past year, but no one will do so again.
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Also thanks to Harry for participating in the discussion. He raises questions about what it takes to be an elk guide and what education the PGC provides.
The Hunting Digest does not have detailed information on this, but I will research it more in the near future. I do know they are required to carry a substantial liability insurance policy, which is prohibitively priced for most individual guides. I am told is the reason that many of them are operating with Elk County Outfitters. I
As to what education that the PGC provides to guides, according to PGC News Release #101-08:
All elk license recipients will receive in the mail two copies of the Game Commission’s videotaped elk hunter orientation program, which the hunter must view prior to the elk hunt. The second copy must be viewed by their guide, if the hunter chooses to use a guide.
Those seeking elk guide permits also should consult with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources concerning special guiding permits and requirements on state forest or state park lands.
To the best of my knowledge there is no educational effort directed toward protecting the large bulls and most hunters when given the chance will shoot the largest animal possible under the circumstances.