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Video: Pennsylvania Black Bear Forecast

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Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s leading states for black bears, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission depends on hunters to keep the state’s bear population in check. The Keystone state is blessed with millions of acres of public lands, so finding a place to hunt isn’t difficult. More importantly, Pennsylvania produces huge bears and bruins of 500–600 lbs. (and higher!) are taken annually. If a trophy bear is one of your aspirations, you can spend thousands of dollars on hunts in Canada or just a few hundred for a trip to Pennsylvania’s woods. Driving is a popular and effective method for black bears, which allows you to include your whole gang in the fun. It’s also easy to get invited into a group, as most are always looking for hunters in good shape.

This 2.5-minute video gives an excellent overview of where, when, and how to hunt black bears in Pennsylvania. With the season opener on Saturday, November 23, it’s not too late to buy a license and make the hunt. For hunting details, go to www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.