State also sees 10 percent increase in black bear harvest – 1,993 compared to 1,796 in 2017 – and more bears are yet to be taken in extended seasons in many Wildlife Management Units.
One of the more intriguing bears taken was a 679-pound male shot at 5 yards with a .357 handgun.
Harvest included some large elk – 13 bulls were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two more than 800 pounds and the heaviest estimated at 894 pounds – 7-by-8. An 806-pounder with a 10-by-7 rack also taken.
With cooperative weather, particularly on opening day Nov. 17, hunters primed to overtake state’s record 4,350 bear harvest, set in 2011. And Game Commission bear biologist says Penn’s Woods hold bigger bears, too, at least 800-pounders.
There was plenty of activity at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s elk check station on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as successful hunters were required to bring their harvested elk to the Elk Country Visitor Center for aging and other testing, including a check for chronic wasting…
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mario M. Scavello, provides another choice for hunters who have shot and inflicted injury on a white-tailed deer, black bear or elk, but lose the trail.
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And the big kicker is that hunters may now manipulate crops and other vegetation for the sole purpose of improving dove hunting.