12 Bears Taken Here Opening Day
Just like the childhood fairy tale of the Three Bears and their porridge, the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold for bear hunters who took advantage of Saturday’s season opener. The end result was 12 bears harvested in county, with three days remaining for sportsmen to try their luck.
As operating hours at the bear check station located atop Sideling Hill Mountain ended at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, a total of 64 bears were weighed in and assessed by Pennsylvania Game Commission and Bureau of Forestry staff. Of those numbers, the largest bear harvested was a 528-pound bruin taken just outside of Bedford by lucky hunter and Clearville resident Jason Clark.
According to Game Commission cadet Josh Fette, a member of the 29th class of wildlife conservation officers at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, by lunchtime Monday a 13th bear was brought in from Fulton County.
Fette further stated as of that time the largest bear harvested locally was a 363-pound bear. Additional information regarding that specific kill was not available, but Fette along with Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Mountz were able to obtain information on a portion of the bears harvested in Fulton County.
Those harvesting bears here include Dustin Hummelsine in Brush Creek Township, a 181- pound male; Jeff Black in Taylor Township, a 190-pound male; Lynn Rotz in Wells Township, a 137-pound female; Stephen Flaud in Brush Creek Township, an 89- pound female; William Carbaugh in Wells Township, a 222-pound female; Hobert Hann in Wells Township; and Jamison Wingert in Brush Creek Township, a 155- pound female.
Last year 4,350 bears were killed in the commonwealth, which represented the largest harvest in Pennsylvania history.