Pennsylvania Makes Changes To 2011 Season

PA Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners gave their final approval to a slate of bear seasons for 2011 that includes concurrent bear and deer seasons in specific Wildlife Management Areas (WMUs) and portions of WMUs, as well as extending the traditional statewide bear season to four days.

While bear hunters are permitted to harvest only one bear per license year, they now have the opportunity to hunt during a statewide five-day archery bear season (November 14-18); a four-day statewide bear season that will start November 19 through November 23; and a concurrent bear/deer season in WMUs 3D, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5B and 5C from November 30 through December 3. Also, a concurrent bear/deer season was approved for November 28 through December 3 in select areas of the state.

The sale of bear hunting licenses will open in mid-June and close the day before the four-day bear season opens on November 19. Once the four-day season ends, bear licenses sales will re-open until the Sunday before the two-week firearms deer season opens, so hunters traveling to areas where concurrent deer/bear seasons will be held can purchase a bear license.

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