Chris Ellis: Elk efforts continue across Appalachia

When I was a teenager growing up on the Elk River, I had a neighbor who was an elk hunter. I admired him as a human and a fantastic neighbor, but most of all, his passion for all things elk.

He once invited my dad, my brother and me to a banquet in downtown Charleston in a hotel ballroom. I had no idea what to expect other than a group of hunters gathering in a city. Upon arrival, I was blown away by the attendance, the food, the hunting products on display for auction or raffles, and the fact this celebration was all for elk. I found it odd to create an event based on a game animal that didn’t even (at the time) live in our state.

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