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Monday, November 30, 2009

BEAR HUNTERS HARVEST STANDS AT THIRD HIGHEST SO FAR

Potter Total Kill Way Down
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary bear harvest figures show that 3,036 bears were taken during the recently completed three-day season (Nov. 23-25) and an additional 108 bears were harvested during the two-day archery bear harvest (Nov. 18-19).


So far, the total bear harvest of 3,144 for the two seasons preliminarily ranks as the third highest statewide harvest. However, with the extended bear season in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) continuing through Dec. 5, the total preliminary harvest will increase. The two highest total bear harvests were recorded in 2005 (4,164 bears taken) and 2008 (3,458). In 2006, hunters harvested 3,122 bears during all seasons.

Preliminary total bear harvest figures – including the ongoing extended bear seasons – are expected the week of Dec. 7. Official total bear harvest figures for all three seasons won’t be available until early 2010, after a thorough review of all bear harvest reports.

The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 8 (20 in 2008); WMU 1B, 36 (67); WMU 2C, 234 (216); WMU 2D, 118 (163); WMU 2E, 76 (114); WMU 2F, 274 (236); WMU 2G, 950 (676); WMU 3A, 246 (305); WMU 3B, 200 (289); WMU 3C, 73 (69); WMU 3D, 271 (199); WMU 4A, 120 (142); WMU 4B, 42 (41); WMU 4C, 95 (65); WMU 4D, 260 (307); WMU 4E, 32 (25); and WMU 5B, 1 (0).

County harvests by region for the three-day season, followed by the three-day 2008 preliminary harvests in parentheses, are:

Northwest: Warren, 99 (57); Forest, 58 (58); Jefferson, 56 (60); Clarion, 46 (63); Venango, 33 (63); Butler, 12 (11); Crawford, 8 (31); and Mercer, 3 (6).

Northcentral: Clinton, 239 (106); Lycoming, 239 (214); Cameron, 211 (72); Tioga, 203 (231); Potter, 174 (288); McKean, 139 (134); Clearfield, 128 (109); Elk, 119 (89); Centre, 91 (88); and Union, 31 (40).

Archery bear hunt results in a harvest of 108. More.....

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what WMU's have been granted a bear season extension? I have been looking on the PA Game Commission website, but I can't seem to find it. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

EXTENDED SEASON: Portion of 3B east of Rt. 14 from Troy to Canton, east of Rt. 154 from Canton to Rt. 220 at
Laporte and east of Rt. 42 from Laporte to Rt. 118 and that portion of 4E east of Rt. 42. Portions of WMUs 2G in
Lycoming and Clinton counties, and 3B in Lycoming County, that lie north of the West Branch of the Susquehanna
River from the Rt. 405 bridge, west to Rt. 15 at Williamsport, Rt. 15 to Rt. 220, north of Rt. 220 to the Mill Hall exit, north of
S.R. 2015 to Rt. 150, east of Rt. 150 to Lusk Run Rd. and south of Lusk Run Rd. to Rt. 120, Rt. 120 to Veterans Street Bridge
to Farrandsville Rd. (S.R. 1001), east of S.R. 1001 to Croak Hollow Rd., south of Croak Hollow Rd. to Rt. 664 at Swissdale,
south of Rt. 664 to Little Plum Rd. (S.R. 1003), then south of S.R. 1003 to Park Ave. (S.R. 1006), south of S.R. 1006 to
Sulphur Run Rd., south of Sulphur Run Rd. to Rt. 44, east of Rt.44 to Rt. 973, south of Rt. 973 to Rt. 87, west of Rt. 87 to Rt.
864, south of Rt. 864 to Rt. 220 and west of Rt. 220 to Rt. 405 and west of Rt. 405 to the West Branch of the Susquehanna
River: Nov. 30-Dec. 5. One bear per license year. Bear license is required and must be purchased prior to the opening of the
regular firearms deer season by persons who hold a valid regular hunting license.