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SEPTEMBER  29, 2003

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ELK GUIDE PERMITS IS OCT. 31

Anyone interested in applying to be an elk guide for the upcoming elk hunt should submit a completed application to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Law Enforcement by Friday, Oct. 31. Elk guide permits cost $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Guides may provide assistance in locating or tracking elk, but may not harvest an elk. Permit applications may be obtained from the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters by calling 717-787-5740.

The Board of Game Commissioners created the elk guide permit to allow experienced individuals, especially those who live in the elk range or are familiar with the elk herd, to serve as guides for those who receive an elk license. Elk guide permits are not required for those who only plan to aid a successful elk hunter to remove an elk from the field.

"Since only properly licensed hunters may take part in the hunt, and since the agency is awarding only 100 licenses, the guide permit will remove any legal concerns about an elk hunter taking someone along to participate in the hunt," said Michael Dubaich, Game Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement director.

All elk guide applicants are required to attend this year's orientation program on Sunday, Nov. 9. Only those who attend the orientation program will receive an elk guide permit.

"There have been several changes made from last year, including changes in elk management units, and elk hunters and guides will not be permitted to drive or herd elk," Dubaich said. "Therefore, we believe it is important to have all of the elk guides attend the orientation program."

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