Hunters in the Northwest Region killed 301 black bears in the first two days of the four-day Pennsylvania season.
Warren is the runaway leader with 98 bears checked in, followed by Forest County with 72. Venango County has produced 40 bears, Jefferson County 32 and Clarion County 30.
Hunters have killed 10 bears in Crawford County, seven in Butler County and six each in Erie County and Mercer County.
Ed Eriksen took this bear, with an estimated live weight of 250 pounds, out of Warren County Nov. 19:
One bear was harvested in Allegheny County, the first time a bear was taken by a hunter there since the Pennsylvania Game Commission began keeping harvest records in 1949.
Jonathan E. Byler, of Ulysses, Potter County, has harvested the largest bear, a male with an estimated live weight of 746 pounds.
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 didn’t purchase a bear license, but are headed to an area where the extended bear season is being held, bear license sales will reopen from Nov. 24 through Nov. 27.