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Record Year: Over 4,000 Pennsylvania Bears Taken in 2011

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March 08, 2012

Record Year: Over 4,000 Pennsylvania Bears Taken in 2011

By Chad Love

2011 was a record year for Keystone State black bear hunters, with over 4,000 bears taken.
 
From this story on whptv.com:
 
The numbers are in and Pennsylvania game officials say last season was a record year for bear hunting. They state that two big factors played a role in the big year, there is a bigger bear population out there and more hunters are getting licenses to go after them than ever before. The numbers show that 4,350 bears were harvested in Pennsylvania during last year's hunting season. Part of the reason for the record number is the growing bear population, there were 18,000 to 20,000 last year.

The other reason is more hunters getting their licenses for bears. With an increased interest in hunting bears we wanted to know, what are people doing with those animals. “A lot or hunters use the bear meat for food, make some bear hamburger,” commented one official.
 
Any Pennsylvania readers here among the lucky 4,350?

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Says something for both the state wildlife biologists and the sportsmen. Congrats to Penn state (and not the college).

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from Hunter_Fass wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I’m not from the Keystone State, but I think it’s great to see an increased interest in bear hunting and any type of hunting for that matter. I wish Wisconsin would issue a few more bear permits especially in the neck of the woods I hunt. A few years back Field and Stream did an article on a huge bear shot not too far from where I lived. I’ve heard that Penn has their fair share of behemoth bruins as well.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Hunter-Fass, there are usually a few over 700 pounds taken every year and often one or two 800 pounders. I no longer hunt bears in PA because i don't care for the meat, but there is great bear hunting in the North and Central PA regions especially. We see them around camp quite frequently anymore. Ten years ago it was rarely.

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from Josh Markle wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

i am from PA and have a camp in potter county. i was one of the lucky ones to kill a bear this year. if the game commission would not have changed the start of the season to saturday as apposed to the monday start day it used to be, i would probably never have considered bear hunting. i am anxiously waiting for the full body mount of my bear to be done at the taxidermist, but in the mean time we are busy eating bear stew and bear roast. my bear had an estimated live weight of 374 lbs. it is a hunt i will never forget.

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from Jacques Lagrua wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

You know what I would love, to go archery hunting and not see more bear per sit than i do deer. If it was up to me i would like them all dead...

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I ate some of one of the bear taken. He was tasty. Also, the bear that usually frequents my neighborhood seems to be missing...

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from Bruce Wilkie wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I have been fortunate enough to have hunted Pennsylvania black bear for the last several years. This year our group harvested a 250LB male my guess 2 or 3 years old. The lucky hunter is 86 years old (Father in law) He only wanted the mount not the meat due to health reasons. When I went up the mountain to help him he donated the meet to me for my private consumption and my fish and game club's game dinner it pays to be in the right place at the right time. Must note that it took 3 people at least 3 hours to trim all fat Any way This bear and others has been turned into Hamburg, meatloaf,chili. Bear stew, pot roast, This week I tried Bear Chorizo Recipe from Field and Stream awsome breakfast mixed with scrambled eggs in a burito wrap. The back straps the same as venision Montreal seasoning cooked in skillet with butter Have to mention I always have a worry about Trichimosis in the back of my mind. You may want to look into that.
Happy hunting lots of bear in PA.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

this is definitely the golden age of bear hunting in the PA woods, things are like rats now. just wish i could get out of school and get back out there to hunt them...

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

this is definitely the golden age of bear hunting in the PA woods, things are like rats now. just wish i could get out of school and get back out there to hunt them...

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from Hunter_Fass wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I’m not from the Keystone State, but I think it’s great to see an increased interest in bear hunting and any type of hunting for that matter. I wish Wisconsin would issue a few more bear permits especially in the neck of the woods I hunt. A few years back Field and Stream did an article on a huge bear shot not too far from where I lived. I’ve heard that Penn has their fair share of behemoth bruins as well.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Hunter-Fass, there are usually a few over 700 pounds taken every year and often one or two 800 pounders. I no longer hunt bears in PA because i don't care for the meat, but there is great bear hunting in the North and Central PA regions especially. We see them around camp quite frequently anymore. Ten years ago it was rarely.

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from Josh Markle wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

i am from PA and have a camp in potter county. i was one of the lucky ones to kill a bear this year. if the game commission would not have changed the start of the season to saturday as apposed to the monday start day it used to be, i would probably never have considered bear hunting. i am anxiously waiting for the full body mount of my bear to be done at the taxidermist, but in the mean time we are busy eating bear stew and bear roast. my bear had an estimated live weight of 374 lbs. it is a hunt i will never forget.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I ate some of one of the bear taken. He was tasty. Also, the bear that usually frequents my neighborhood seems to be missing...

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Says something for both the state wildlife biologists and the sportsmen. Congrats to Penn state (and not the college).

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from Bruce Wilkie wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I have been fortunate enough to have hunted Pennsylvania black bear for the last several years. This year our group harvested a 250LB male my guess 2 or 3 years old. The lucky hunter is 86 years old (Father in law) He only wanted the mount not the meat due to health reasons. When I went up the mountain to help him he donated the meet to me for my private consumption and my fish and game club's game dinner it pays to be in the right place at the right time. Must note that it took 3 people at least 3 hours to trim all fat Any way This bear and others has been turned into Hamburg, meatloaf,chili. Bear stew, pot roast, This week I tried Bear Chorizo Recipe from Field and Stream awsome breakfast mixed with scrambled eggs in a burito wrap. The back straps the same as venision Montreal seasoning cooked in skillet with butter Have to mention I always have a worry about Trichimosis in the back of my mind. You may want to look into that.
Happy hunting lots of bear in PA.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

this is definitely the golden age of bear hunting in the PA woods, things are like rats now. just wish i could get out of school and get back out there to hunt them...

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

this is definitely the golden age of bear hunting in the PA woods, things are like rats now. just wish i could get out of school and get back out there to hunt them...

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from Jacques Lagrua wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

You know what I would love, to go archery hunting and not see more bear per sit than i do deer. If it was up to me i would like them all dead...

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