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Notational Vote to Clarify Expanded Bear Season

May 2, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved a notational vote to make a technical change to the final package of 2012-13 hunting seasons and bag limits for expanded bear seasons in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D.

The technical amendment, which will become part of the final adopted package, specifies there will be a three-day special firearms bear season from Oct. 18-20 in WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D for certain hunters. Those hunters are limited to junior and senior license holders, disabled person permit (to use a vehicle) holders, and Pennsylvania residents only serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706.

This expanded bear opportunity runs concurrently with the special statewide three-day antlerless deer season for the same group of license holders, and was part of the original intent of the Board. However, the specific listing of this extended bear season was mistakenly omitted from the regulatory package voted on April 24.

In addition to announcing the results of this notational vote today, the results of the vote will be announced at the Board’s next meeting on June 26. As this was determined to be a technical change and not a substantive change, the Game Commission has been advised that no further vote is necessary.

Following is a recap of all bear seasons approved for the 2012-13 license year:

BLACK BEAR (Statewide) Archery: Nov. 12-16. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 17, and Nov. 19-21. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E): Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Designated Areas): Nov. 26-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

- WMUs 3A and 3C;

- Portions of WMU 3B, East of Rt. 14 from Troy to Canton, East of Rt. 154 from Canton to Rt. 220 at Laporte and East of Rt. 42 from Laporte to Rt. 118 and that portion of 4E, East of Rt. 42; and

- Portions of WMUs 2G in Lycoming and Clinton counties and 3B in Lycoming County that lie North of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River from the Rt. 405 Bridge, West to Rt. 15 at Williamsport, Rt. 15 to Rt. 220, and North of Rt. 220 to the Mill Hall exit, North of SR 2015 to Rt. 150; East of Rt. 150 to Lusk Run Rd. and South of Lusk Run Rd. to Rt. 120, Rt. 120 to Veterans Street Bridge to SR 1001; East of SR 1001 to Croak Hollow Rd., South of Croak Hollow Rd. to Rt. 664 (at Swissdale), South of Rt. 664 to Little Plum Rd. (the intersection of SR 1003), South of SR 1003 to SR 1006, South of SR 1006 to Sulphur Run Rd., South of Sulphur Run Rd. to Rt. 44, East of Rt. 44 to Rt. 973, South of Rt. 973 to Rt. 87, West of Rt. 87 to Rt. 864, South of Rt. 864 to Rt. 220 and West of Rt. 220 to Rt. 405 and West of Rt. 405 to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D) archery: Sept. 15-Sept. 28. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) archery: Sept. 29-Nov. 10. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) muzzleloader: Oct. 13-20. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Oct. 18-20. Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents only serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 26-Dec. 8. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

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