Only one county in Pennsylvania has had fewer bear kills during the first three days of the hunting season than Erie County, according to preliminary Pennsylvania Game Commission results.
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Posted: November 27th, 2013
Posted: November 26th, 2013
Warren County moved to third in the preliminary harvest results from the first two days of the Pennsylvania black bear hunting season.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
Warren County tied for fourth with a 65-bear harvest on the opening day of the Pennsylvania bear season Nov. 18.
Posted: November 6th, 2013
Wildlife conservation officers in northwestern Pennsylvania have been busy dealing with bear calls, according to the most Field Officer Reports from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
WCO Randy R. Crago said at least four bears have been killed on eastern Crawford County roads since February. Crago said that deputies Marc Johns and Bill Wooley “picked up a bear killed on South Brown Hill near Teepleville. The bear was a sow and weighed about 125 pounds.”
Crago also said a young sow, weighting about 70 pounds, was killed on Route 8 in Athens Township.
In Mercer County, WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder responded to a call from an apartment complex in Hermitage Sept. 25 and found a bear in a nearby wooded area. “A non-lethal method was used to move the bear from the area. The bear had an estimated weight of 130 pounds.”
Black bear hunting seasons are coming up:
BLACK BEAR (Statewide) Archery: Nov. 18 –22. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 23 –27. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 4 –7. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Dec. 2 –14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D): Dec. 2 –7. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D) Archery: Sept. 21 –Nov. 16. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 5B) Archery: Oct. 5 –Nov. 16. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) Muzzleloader: Oct. 19 –26. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) Special Firearms: Oct. 24 –26, for junior and senior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active duty military.
Posted: October 5th, 2013
Pennsylvania statewide bear hunting seasons don’t start until November, but bears are making themselves known on state game lands in the northwestern corner of the state, according to the latest Officer Field Reports from the Game Commission.
Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt trapped a 461-pound male black bear that had been causing damage in a cornfield. “This bruin was the third bear WCO Schmidt trapped this year weighing over 400 pounds,” according to the field report.
Warren County WCO Jason R. Amory “has trapped several nice bears around the Tidioute area. Numbers seem to be good and all signs indicate that hunters should have a successful bear season.”
In Mercer and Venango counties, land management group supervisor Mario L. Piccirilli said bears have been in evidence as Food & Cover crews paint and repair game land gates and mow, plant winter wheat and spray for invasive plants.
The bear harvest was down slightly in northwestern Pennsylvania in 2012 from 2011. The overall state harvest was 3,632 bears a year ago, the third-most in Pennsylvania history. The record is 4,350 in 2011.
More on bears here.
Posted: January 22nd, 2013
Hunters killed 30 fewer bears in 2012 than they did in 2011 in the Northwest Region, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission final harvest results released today.
There were 365 bears shot in the nine-county region including a high of 94 in Warren County. There were 395 bears killed in 2011 including 119 in Warren County.
Hunters killed seven bears in Erie County, the same number as in 2011. Clarion, Venango, Jefferson and Butler each had more reported kills in 2012 than a year earlier; Forest, Crawford and Mercer counties had fewer — 34 fewer in the Venango, which had 90 kills in 2011 and 56 this past year.
Robert A. Pitts, of Meadville, shot a 620-pound male Nov. 17 in Roulette Township,
Potter County, that is the fifth-largest harvested during the 2012 season.
The overall state harvest was 3,632 bears, the third-most in Pennsylvania history. The record is 4,350 in 2011.
Wildlife Management Unit 1B had 38 recorded kills, or 26 fewer than in 2011. WMU 1B includes all of Erie County, most of Crawford County and parts of Warren and Venango counties.
The final bear harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (with final 2011 figures in parentheses): WMU 1A, 4 (13); WMU 1B, 38 (64); WMU 2B, 6 (1): WMU 2C, 268 (226); WMU 2D, 162 (150); WMU 2E, 50 (79); WMU 2F, 285 (345); WMU 2G, 829 (1,086); WMU 3A, 342 (564); WMU 3B, 279 (479); WMU 3C, 146 (299); WMU 3D, 305 (318); WMU 4A, 139 (72); WMU 4B, 84 (70); WMU 4C, 163 (148); WMU 4D, 403 (355); WMU 4E, 110 (79); WMU 5A, 1 (1); WMU 5B, 2 (0); and WMU 5C, 16 (1).
Final county harvests by region (with 2011 figures in parentheses):
Northwest: Warren, 94 (119); Clarion, 77 (47); Venango, 62 (56); Forest, 56 (90); Jefferson, 51 (45); Butler, 11 (9); Erie, 7 (7); Crawford, 6 (16); and Mercer, 1 (6).
Southwest: Somerset, 94 (75); Fayette, 79 (67); Westmoreland, 37 (24); Armstrong, 35 (66); Indiana, 24 (33); Cambria, 11 (35); and Allegheny, 4 (1).
Northcentral: Lycoming, 341 (336); Clinton, 265 (205); Tioga, 227 (381); Potter 179 (399); Centre, 143 (129); McKean, 134 (258); Clearfield, 102 (154); Union, 82 (49); Elk, 76 (153); and Cameron, 67 (100).
Southcentral: Huntingdon, 125 (73); Bedford, 86 (44); Mifflin, 62 (48); Blair, 50 (32); Juniata, 37 (33); Perry, 32 (13); Fulton, 25 (15); Franklin, 14 (13); Snyder, 14 (29); Adams, 2 (0); and Cumberland, 2 (4).
Northeast: Pike, 108 (116); Monroe, 102 (88); Luzerne, 100 (99); Bradford, 86 (126); Wayne, 73 (208); Carbon, 67 (45); Sullivan, 60 (180); Wyoming, 57 (57); Susquehanna, 41 (92); Lackawanna, 37 (25); Columbia, 36 (26); Northumberland, 26 (11); and Montour, 3 (0).
Southeast: Dauphin, 48 (46); Schuylkill, 39 (34); Northampton, 21 (4); Lehigh 3 (3); Berks, 7 (2); and Lebanon, 4 (13).
Posted: November 29th, 2012
A hunter from Pittsburgh killed one of the state’s largest bears this season in Forest County.
Michael J. Kelly shot the 573-pound male black bear Nov. 21 in Harmony Township. It’s No. 9 on the list of heaviest bears this season, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s preliminary harvest results.
The No. 5 bear belongs to Robert A. Pitts, of Meadville, who shot 620-pound male Nov. 17 in Roulette Township, Potter County.
The by-county preliminary harvests for the four-day hunt in the Northwest Region: Warren, 88; Clarion, 74; Venango, 62; Forest, 51; Jefferson, 50; Butler, 8; Erie, 7; and Crawford, 6.
Posted: November 23rd, 2012
Ronald Dombrowski, of Erie, ended a 38-year quest by tagging his first Pennsylvania black bear Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. in Garland, Warren County. The 2-year-old female weighed 200 pounds.
Posted: November 19th, 2012
A Meadville man shot the second-largest black bear recorded during Saturday’s opening day of the annual four-day Pennsylvania hunt.
Robert A. Pitts shot a a 620-pound male in Roulette, Potter County. It trailed only the 652-pound male that Timothy J. Moffett, of Barto, shot in Smithfield Township, Monroe County.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the top 10 bears processed at its check stations by Monday each had estimated live weights of 530 pounds or more.
Lycoming County, with 151 bears, had the top opening-day harvest. Warren County was fourth with 63 bears.
The Northwest Region first-day harvest, by county: Warren, 63; Clarion, 42; Forest, 30; Jefferson, 28; Venango, 26; Erie, 5; Butler, 4; and Crawford, 3.
Posted: July 11th, 2012
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