Bear season kicks off

Tough but busy day for hunters, game commission

Above, a hunter has his kill weighted at the Chapman Township weight station in Clinton County, on the first day of bear season Saturday.



With a dense fog throughout the morning and a dark wind-filled afternoon, the opening day of bear season 2016 proved a tough day for hunters that took to the woods of western Clinton County.             Saturday evening was a busy time for the bear check station at Antes Fort Fire Hall. As of 6:30 p.m., the board was up to 67 bears, as hunters were still waiting in a line outside to check their harvest. The numbers were down one-third from last season’s total of bears: 96, that were brought into the Chapman Township check station in North Bend on Saturday of 2015.

Thirty-nine bear harvested were male, and were 25 female. The check station was open for two hours on Sunday morning for those hunters that bagged a bear late in the day on Saturday; two were there in the opening half hour.  Just three came in at a weight of over 300 pounds. The largest was a male that weighed 372 pounds with an estimated live weight (before being field dressed) of 439 pounds. Successful hunters received a certificate recognizing their harvest.

It has become quite a tradition for crowds to gather to see a Pennsylvania Black Bear up-close and personal at bear check stations. Bleachers are set up and food is served throughout the day.

Statewide bear season continues Monday, Nov. 21- Wednesday, Nov. 23. An extended season is held in certain Wildlife Management Units as followed: WMUs 1B, 2C, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E, Nov. 30-Dec. 3; and WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D, Nov. 28-Dec. 10.