PENNSYVANIA-The Board of Commissioners today gave final approval to the traditional three-day statewide black bear season before Thanksgiving, extended bear seasons in certain portions of the state concurrent with the first week of the firearms deer season and a two-day archery season.
While most bear seasons remain the same, extended hunting opportunities were added for WMUs 5B and 5C, in the southeastern portion of the state, and will run Dec. 2-5, Wednesday through Saturday, along with the concurrent firearms deer season in these units. However, the Board removed WMU 3C, in the northeastern corner of the state, from the extended season, due to a declining bear population trend.
Pennsylvania’s extended modern-day bear hunting started in 2002, when bear hunters were given the opportunity to fill their tags the first week of the firearms deer season in Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties. With the advent of the state’s 22 WMUs, the extended season was held in WMU 3D in 2003. In 2004, the number of WMUs open for the concurrent deer/bear season was expanded, and the Board has made adjustments to those areas that are included or closed based on population trends.
Bear licenses must be purchased prior to the opening of the firearms deer season.