Two or three elk are mistaken for deer and shot each season. A few years ago, four youthful hunters from Claremont killed four elk in about as many minutes. Few of these killings appear to be intentional, and practically all of the sportsmen report their errors promptly to the authorities.
What will happen to New Hampshire's unique elk herd remains to be seen. Director Carpenter would prefer to see the herd reduced periodically by licensed hunters. The animals have increased to a point where they again are becoming a menace to farmers. Three of a herd of 21 were killed last spring in Unity after efforts to drive them from a rye field failed. Pressure is mounting for another special hunt. The Department of Fish and Game feels that it can stage a far less hectic hunt than the shoot of 1941, and that it may have to do so soon.
Until there is another season on the New Hampshire elk, every deer hunter hopes that he will not inadvertently shoot one, for the result would try any New Englander's soul—a fine of as much as $300, and all the meat confiscated by the state.