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Question by patrickharen. Uploaded on August 23, 2011
post just like you would opening day of whitetail...might get lucky and have one run past.
Back in the day! we used one 5Hr candel, tin can,jar of Honey...you get it!O- 4or5 rocks.and let the Honey-cook....you will see bears!
no baiting, scents, or lures in PA!
We have been successful both pot hunting and still hunting as a group, aka silent drives.
With the assistance of a guide.
Get high on a ridge early, and watch the benches below. Other than that, there is no best non-driving way to hunt black bear in PA. The stats bear that out.
With a 3 day rifle bear season in PA...you're best off finding a different state to hunt...PA isn't known for being the most "hunter friendly" state in terms of hunting opportunity.
NY has good bear numbers and a very liberal hunting season that starts in September in the ADKs. PA may be home to some of the biggest black bears in the country, but there are most certainly better opportunities to kill a bear elsewhere...especially if you're a non-resident.
Bioguy, you may be right, but there is a legitimate opportunity for nonresidents to kill bears in PA and at a very low unguided price. You may be able to capitalize on hunting pressure on public land, unguided, and kill a bear for no more than your $150(aprox) license fee. You will need to be proficient with a map and compass, and a rifle. If you don't have much help i suggest a game-cart. We once got two 300# bears shot at 4:20 pm out of the woods a mile in before it got dark. Granted we had some young blood at camp that week and were on a flat top loaded with acorns, but anyone can do it. We had six guys doing a silent drive covering about 200 acres, maybe less.
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