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Luck results in first-time applicant being drawn for bull tag

November 6, 2013

Photo by Becky Polaski William Gifford of Catawissa poses with a 7x7 bull elk that he harvested earlier this week. This was the first year that Gifford purchased an application for the elk hunt.

QUEHANNA – The 86 individuals drawn for elk licenses in this year's drawing represented only a small fraction of the 22,331 hunters who applied. Additionally, many of those individuals had been applying for years and had accrued a number of preference points, resulting in 116,734 entries being in this year's drawing.
Given those numbers the odds of a first-time applicant being selected, much less for one of the 26 available bull tags, seemed to be slim, but that is exactly what happened for Catawissa resident William Gifford.

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