The first day bear harvest figures are in with 1,623 bears taken up to now. The PGC says that the archery and early bear season harvest data is still being entered into their database and not yet available.
Bears were taken in 52 counties with the largest male weighing in at 677 pounds. It was shot in Pittsfield Township, Warren County, by James Hultberg, of Pittsfield, PA.
The top 10 bears checked as of Monday had live weights of 540 pounds or more, the PGC reports.
Other large bears are as follows:
A 623-pound make taken in West Buffalo Township, Union County, by Fred Stoltzfus, of Lewisburg, PA; a 598-pound make from Muddy Creek Township, Butler County, by Jeff McClymonds of Slippery Rock, PA; 574-pound male from Tyrone Township, Blair County, by Ray Golden of Tyrone, PA.; 560-pound male taken in Black Township from Black Township, Somerset County, by Derek Wheeler, of Uniontown, PA.; 599-pound male from Delmar Township, Tioga County, by K.L. Sarangoulis of Reading, PA; 558-pound male from West Branch Township, Potter County, by Colton Group of Landisburg, PA; 557-pound male from Portage Township, Cambria County, by Brett Robine, of Irwin, PA; 552-pound male from Brady’s Bend Township, Armstrong County, by Travis Crawford, of Kittanning, PA; and a 540-pound male from Leidy Township, Clinton County, by Thomas Fahringer, of Landisburg, PA.
The PGC says the first-day preliminary harvest is an increase compared to 1,320 bears taken during the 2013 opener when 3,510 bears were shot, which made it the fifth largest harvest in state history. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – occurred in 2011 when a preliminary first-day total numbered 1,936.
The first day harvest by Wildlife Management Units is as follows: WMU 1A, 6; WMU 1B, 54; WMU 2C, 162; WMU 2D, 84; WMU 2E, 21; WMU 2F, 171; WMU 2G, 365; WMU 2H, 49; WMU 3A, 101; WMU 3B, 133; WMU 3C, 44; WMU 3D, 105; WMU 4A, 66; WMU 4B, 67; WMU 4D, 132; WMU 4E, 15; WMU 5A, 3 and WMU 5C, 1.
The top bear harvest county on the first day was Lycoming County with 143 bears. Other counties within their respective regions are as follows:
Northwest (248 total): Warren, 69; Venango, 42: Clarion, 35; Forest, 32; Jefferson, 30; Crawford, 15; Butler, 11; Erie, 11; and Mercer, 3.
Southwest (171 total): Fayette, 62; Somerset, 61; Armstrong, 21; Westmoreland, 15; Cambria, 7; and Indiana, 5.
Northcentral (708 total): Lycoming, 143; Tioga, 130; Clinton, 91; Potter, 64; Centre, 60; McKean, 60; Cameron, 54; Elk, 46; Clearfield, 36; and Union, 24.
Southcentral (204): Huntingdon, 45; Bedford, 43; Perry, 29; Mifflin, 22; Blair, 20; Fulton, 19; Juniata 10; Snyder, 9; Franklin, 6; and Cumberland, 1.
Northeast (258): Pike, 49; Sullivan, 37; Bradford, 31; Luzerne, 26; Monroe, 25; Susquehanna, 23; Wayne, 19; Carbon, 18; Wyoming, 13; Lackawanna, 9; Columbia, 6; and Northumberland, 2.
Southeast (34): Schuylkill, 17, Dauphin, 13; Berks, 2; Lebanon, 1, and Northampton, 1.
As of Monday no bears were reported from Lehigh County although there are a few bruins, roaming the upper tier townships that border the Blue Mountain ridge.