When you ask most Pa Elk pros they will tell you that going up on Winslow Hill in Benezette Pa is a great choice to see mature bull elk. What they don’t know is it is not the best place to go in Benezette. There is a little known location very close to Winslow Hill that few know about and even fewer take the time to visit. Ironically, it is way easier to locate elk there and many people drive right through it without ever knowing there are so many there.
Here are a couple of the elk I saw at my “secret spot” when there were none to be found on Winslow Hill.
This one was way off in the distance standing on the crest of a hill. It was hard to get a good picture because there were a lot of weeds between it and I, plus the bull would not stay still.
I totally almost missed this one because the grass was so high and the brush was so thick. Getting a picture of this one was tough because there was only one opening in the brush between it and I and since I was using auto focus it kept focusing on the wrong depth. Finally, I put it on manual and as you can tell i did not do such a great job.
These two Bulls were out in the wide open browsing on grass and leaves. Their racks looked identical and they stuck really close to each other. There is no way to know for sure if they are related, but by the way they acted and their similar size, looks and age makes me wonder if they are. In either case they were great examples of what the young bull in Benezette look like and give hope that the future population will be carrying some sturdy racks and stout bodies.
The question you may be asking is where is this secret location? Well, I am not ready just yet to give it up, but in an upcoming post I will spill the beans on all of my secret spots in the Benezette area where you can go to check out elk and not have to fight the crowds.
Sorry to be a tease, but check keep checking back and I promise we will make it worth your while!