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what is the best nondriving way to hunt PA black bear

Question by patrickharen. Uploaded on August 23, 2011

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

post just like you would opening day of whitetail...might get lucky and have one run past.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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!

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

no baiting, scents, or lures in PA!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

OK..my bad!

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

We have been successful both pot hunting and still hunting as a group, aka silent drives.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

With the assistance of a guide.

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from bjohnston wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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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from steve182 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

We have been successful both pot hunting and still hunting as a group, aka silent drives.

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from bjohnston wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

post just like you would opening day of whitetail...might get lucky and have one run past.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

no baiting, scents, or lures in PA!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

OK..my bad!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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!

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

With the assistance of a guide.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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.

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