2016 Black Bear season in PA could set records

Written by Craig Rhodes and the Pennsylvania Game Commission | Nov 19, 2016 10:09 AM

 (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission says all the pieces are in place for a historic bear hunting season in the state this year.

The commission says Pennsylvania's black bear population is now at 20-thousand, sales of bear hunting licenses are on a record pace and the red-oak acorn crop, a favorite of bears, is one for the ages this year.

"There's no other hunting season in Pennsylvania that's quite like our tradition-rich statewide bear season," said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.  "And while thousands of bear hunters will take home trophies of a lifetime this year, all who participate can count on memories that will last a lifetime," he said.

Pennsylvania's bear archery season was held this week and ended on Friday.  The four-day general season opened today and also runs  Monday, November 21st through Wednesday, November 23rd.

Pennsylvania's eight largest bear harvests have all occured within the past decade.

The state's all-time largest harvest occurred when 4,350 bears were taken in 2011.

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