Bear Season Change In Pa
Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:41 PM
Posted 22 April 2010 - 12:31 PM
Do you know if the change was due to an increase in the bear population or and increase in human/bear incidents such as car accidents or nuisance bear intrusions.
Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:42 AM
Wow, another tradition gone. But it makes more time for guys to hunt. Can y'all hunt Sundays there yet?
No Sunday hunting yet but its probably only a matter of time until large hunting groups get legisation passed allowing it. ....I'm hoping it doesn't as Sunday's the gamelands around here are used by numerous non-hunters enjoying hiking, bird watching, fishing in the ponds, biking, etc.. I know the gamelands are maintained by $$$ generated from hunting license sales but on the other hand, state forest & national forest land that we hunters get to enjoy are maintained by all taxpayers. So....I'm willing to share 1 day with those non-hunting folks who enjoy the outdoors as much as I do without them feeling intimidated by hunters carrying firearms & archery gear.
Bear populations are high but the weather really is a huge factor in bear season harvests since its only 3 days in most of the state. In certain "high density bear population areas" the past couple years hunters with a bear tag could also harvest a bear the first week of deer firearm season. Hunter numbers have been steadily dropping the past few years so the $$$ generated from license sales has dropped. Opening bear will be an encouragement for hunters to purchase a lic. knowing they can hunt on a Saturday without taking time off work. This year is a perfect example for myself as my vacation time will be used up heading to CO/WY....and now I can hunt bear in PA as well.
Edited by Phil, 23 April 2010 - 03:43 AM.
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