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Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bradford County
We still drive bear. Our biggest issue is that most of us have taken 1 or 2 bear each and don't want another one. We usually invite a couple people each year to hunt bear with us who actually want one. We usually get 1 or 2 bear a year.
I believe the reason the harvest numbers are high is because the bear population is over double what the PGC once wanted state wide , if I recall correctly.
I know around here it used to be rare to see a bear, and very rare to get one. Now it is a common site to see bear.
Obviously the extended seasons contribute to that as well, but we wouldn't have extended seasons if we didn't have the bear numbers.
Also, our bear hunting in this area used to draw more hunters during the bear only rifle season. With the new extended season, allowing bear to be taken the first week of rifle buck, a lot of hunters chose to use their available days during that week.
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