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Opening the traditional bear hunting season on a Saturday rather than a Monday, which the Pennsylvania Game Commission has done in each of the past three years, doesn't appear to have made much of a difference in first-day bear harvest.


Many observers had projected that the Saturday opener would significantly boost the first-day harvest, but last year it was about 9 percent of the total harvest, similar to the average of 11 percent for first days over the past decade, commission bear biologist Mark Ternent told the board of game commissioners today.

He also noted that "we have no evidence that hunters aren't hunting on the second and third days. They seem to be distributing themselves as before."

Some observers had warned that hunters would not stick around in their hunting camps for the latter days of the season if the first day was on Saturday and separated from the rest of the season by a no-hunting Sunday.

"There's no evidence" that hunters aren't hunting after the first day, said Ternent.

In addition, he noted, the fourth day of the season, added on Wednesday this year, was important to the overall harvest. Hunters harvested 181 bears on Wednesday of the rifle season.

He said commission staff won't be recommending any changes in the structure of the bear season for 2013 because "there seems to be no negative effect from the Saturday opener."

Ternent also noted that bear hunting license sales have been climbing steadily over the past decade, and the addition of a Saturday opener for the season over past three years seemed to enhance that trend, although the total dropped slightly to 160,857 for the 2012 seasons from 162,170 in 2011.

"We might have stabilized hunter interest in the bear season for the moment," he observed.





http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/20..._biologist.html
 

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I love it, we drive dark to dark and having a day of rest and an additional day (wed)suits us fine.....we had about 19 men if I remember corectly until tuesday, and wednesday about 6 guys....In my opinion thumbs up although I did not think I would like when it came about.....
 

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the saturday opener suits us good also . the day off on sunday may turn some guys away but our gang holds steady around 16 guys all four days . -
 

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Ah, the camp I hunt with now has more hunters in camp for opening day with the saturday opener, but id rather see it go back to the traditional monday opener. We miss the old small game and partying weekend.
 

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I'm glad it starts on a Saturday. At least I can get off from work, and my kids can go also without staging home from school. I'm hoping they do the same with deer season in the future.
 

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I have seen a dramatic decrease in hunting pressure after the Saturday opener. I would bet the local businesses would agree that they see less activity also. This is in Clinton/ Lycoming counties.
 

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We hunt centre/union/lycoming/Clinton, where they all meet. Sunday gives a good day of rest for the older guys, they are more wiling to go all out knowing they get that day. I think it's good.
 

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sparkchaser said:
I have seen a dramatic decrease in hunting pressure after the Saturday opener. I would bet the local businesses would agree that they see less activity also. This is in Clinton/ Lycoming counties.
I see the same thing in Elk and McKean County. There is little pressure. It's like you're hunting on the wrong day or something even on the Saturday opener.
 

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Noticed the opposite in forest county. At least where we hunt, we have seen more guys on monday and tuesday than opening day the last 2 years.
 

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Deuce280 said:
Noticed the opposite in forest county. At least where we hunt, we have seen more guys on monday and tuesday than opening day the last 2 years.
I agree
 

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Our Camp really enjoys having a Saturday opener. We can set around the fire Saturday and have a couple cold ones and enjoying alot of good food and not worry about having to get up the next day at the crack of dawn.
 

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sparkchaser said:
I have seen a dramatic decrease in hunting pressure after the Saturday opener. I would bet the local businesses would agree that they see less activity also. This is in Clinton/ Lycoming counties.
I see the same thing in Elk and McKean County. There is little pressure. It's like you're hunting on the wrong day or something even on the Saturday opener.
i thought the same thing the last 2 years!! No one around.
bear hunting is a unique sport, those that do it, will do it. those that don't, won't regardless of days.
 

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Love to find a group that goes all out for the entire season.I had a good group this year first day and we took a bear,but 2 got away.Had no one really for the rest of season.At least those 2 will be bigger next season.Would really like to start a group that will go hard for 3-4 days.too hard to hit all the good areas in 1 day
 

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Thats the problem with limited time to hunt. All I can get out for is the first sat. Sunday hunting would double most hunters time afield. Archery bear season never really took off that much because it's Monday to Friday only. That time of year it's dark out at 5. Most guys work during the week and it's just about dark when you get out of work. They should of included at least one Saturday in the archery season.
 

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We LOVE the Saturday opener at my camp. Mostly because we always feel like we rush up to camp, hunt, and then rush back home. Over the years, it seems that the guys arrive late on Sunday and leave Tuesday night. Sunday (the day of rest) gives us a nice break to hang out, catch up, see some of the neighbors, tip a few back, knock out some quick repairs to camp before winter and grill all day long. We always head out and hit all of the local watering holes Saturday night and catch up with some of the locals we haven't seen in a while. We like it so much that we've been wishing for a Saturday opener to rifle season as crazy as it sounds. I know that some of the guys could just come up early before the season starts to do those things, but they never do. This kinda forces them to. Or gives them a good excuse with the wives.
 

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pigstyconrad said:
We LOVE the Saturday opener at my camp. Mostly because we always feel like we rush up to camp, hunt, and then rush back home. Over the years, it seems that the guys arrive late on Sunday and leave Tuesday night. Sunday (the day of rest) gives us a nice break to hang out, catch up, see some of the neighbors, tip a few back, knock out some quick repairs to camp before winter and grill all day long. We always head out and hit all of the local watering holes Saturday night and catch up with some of the locals we haven't seen in a while. We like it so much that we've been wishing for a Saturday opener to rifle season as crazy as it sounds. I know that some of the guys could just come up early before the season starts to do those things, but they never do. This kinda forces them to. Or gives them a good excuse with the wives.
Who forced you to rush up and rush home? You had 2 full days to get there for a Monday opener. If you had to rush up its your own fault. If anything, the Saturday opener forces campgoers to rush up or burn a vacation day on Friday. I enjoyed the 2 full days of comraderie around camp and the anticpation of the season opening on Monday. Now it just feels like any other Saturday in the fall.
 
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