PA Releases Three Day Harvest NumbersPA Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine
NEWS FLASH UPDATE 11/24/2012:
The Pennsylvania statewide four-day bear season have produced a preliminary harvest of 2,442 bears, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission check station reports filed. Last year's three-day bear harvest total was 3,023; in 2010, which offered a three-day season with a Saturday opener, the harvest total was 2,815.
The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 3; WMU 1B, 28; WMU 2C, 208; WMU 2D, 133; WMU 2E, 33; WMU 2F, 260; WMU 2G, 696; WMU 3A, 151; WMU 3B, 167; WMU 3C, 56; WMU 3D, 173; WMU 4A, 119; WMU 4B, 73; WMU 4C, 82; WMU 4D, 223; WMU 4E, 35; WMU 5A, 1; and WMU 5C, 1.
NEWS FLASH UPDATE 11/21/2012:
Two days of the Pennsylvania statewide four-day bear season have produced a preliminary harvest of 2,086 bears, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission check station reports filed as of Tuesday morning.
Last year's two-day bear harvest total mirrored that of 2009, when 2,709 bears were checked by Game Commission personnel in both years. In 2010, 2,542 bears were brought to Game Commission check stations after two days of hunting, which also included a Saturday opener.
The preliminary two-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 2; WMU 1B, 26; WMU 2C, 182; WMU 2D, 102; WMU 2E, 27; WMU 2F, 218; WMU 2G, 592; WMU 3A, 131; WMU 3B, 143; WMU 3C, 41; WMU 3D, 144; WMU 4A, 107; WMU 4B, 62; WMU 4C, 75; WMU 4D, 200; WMU 4E, 33; and WMU 5A, 1.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations, so far, all had estimated live weights that exceeded 548 pounds.
In addition to participating in the closing day of the four-day season on November 21, hunters with an unfilled bear license may participate in extended bear seasons that run concurrent with all or portions of the first week of the firearms deer season. For those deer hunters who did not purchase a bear license, but are headed to an area where the extended bear season is being held, bear license sales will reopen from November 22 through November 25, 2012.
ORIGINAL NEWS FLASH 11/20/2012:
The Pennsylvania Game Commission officials released that hunters started the 2012 black bear season by taking a preliminary harvest of 1,530 black bears in 51 counties on Saturday, Nov. 17, the first day of the four-day statewide bear season.
Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the Game Commission's database, and is not available as of yet.
The 2012 first-day preliminary harvest compares with 1,936 in 2011, which is when hunters harvested a season record of 4,350 bears. Also, in 2010, hunters harvested 1,751 on the first day of the season, which was the first season to open on a Saturday.
Other first-day harvest totals were 1,897 in 2009; 1,725 in 2008; 1,005 in 2007; 1,461 in 2006; 2,026 in 2005; 1,573 in 2004; 1,454 in 2003;1,348 2002; 1,812 in 2001; and 1,691 in 2000.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday all had estimated live weights that exceeded 530 pounds. The largest harvested so far this season was a 652-pound (live weight) male taken in Middle Smithfield Township in Monroe County.
Other large bears (all estimated live weights) included: a 620-pound male, taken in Roulette, Potter County; a 598-pound male taken in Noyes, Clinton County; a 559-pound male taken in Auburn, Susquehanna County; a 551-pound male, taken in Snow Shoe, Centre County; a 550-pound male taken in Bradys Bend, Armstrong County; a 536-pound male taken in Clinton, Lycoming County; a 535-pound female taken in McHenry, Lycoming County; a 535-pound male taken in Deerfield, Tioga County; and a 531-pound male taken in Donegal, Butler County.
The preliminary first-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 2; WMU 1B, 20; WMU 2C, 137; WMU 2D, 75; WMU 2E, 24; WMU 2F, 159; WMU 2G, 415; WMU 3A, 98; WMU 3B, 90; WMU 3C, 34; WMU 3D, 113; WMU 4A, 74; WMU 4B, 44; WMU 4C, 62; WMU 4D, 156; WMU 4E, 26; and WMU 5A, 1.
The top bear harvest county in the state on the first day of season was Lycoming with 151, followed by Clinton, 126; Tioga, 88; Warren, 63; and Potter, 62.
Opening day harvests by county and region are:
Northwest: Warren, 63; Clarion, 42; Forest, 30; Jefferson, 28; Venango, 26; Erie, 5; Butler, 4; and Crawford, 3.
Southwest: Somerset, 49; Fayette, 44; Westmoreland, 16; Armstrong, 14; Indiana, 8; and Cambria, 6.
Northcentral: Lycoming, 151; Clinton, 126; Tioga, 88; Potter, 62; Centre, 57; Clearfield, 52; McKean, 45; Union, 45; Cameron, 38; and Elk, 37.
Southcentral: Huntingdon, 51; Bedford, 47; Mifflin, 30; Juniata, 20; Blair, 19; Perry, 17; Fulton, 13; Franklin, 8; Snyder, 5; and Adams, 1.
Northeast: Pike, 46; Monroe, 39; Luzerne, 30; Wayne, 24; Bradford, 23; Carbon, 22; Lackawanna, 15; Sullivan, 15;Columbia, 11; Susquehanna, 10; Northumberland, 6; and Wyoming, 5.
Southeast: Dauphin, 22; Schuylkill, 9; Berks, 1; Lehigh, 1; and Northampton, 1.