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Bear SeaSon & Bag LimitS
Archery Bear Season: WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D
Archery Bear Season: WMU 5B
Archery Bear Season: Statewide

Sept. 20-Nov. 15
Oct. 4-Nov. 15
Nov. 17-21

(To hunt bears during the bear bow season, hunters need a general hunting license and a bear hunting license.
Crossbows can be used during this season.)

Muzzleloader Bear Season: WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C & 5D

Oct. 18-25

(One bear per license year. Bear license required in addition to regular hunting license.)

Bear, Special Firearms: WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C & 5D

Oct. 23-25

Junior and Senior license holders (Also, residents and nonresidents who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in year of license
application and either hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706), disabled persons with permit
to use a vehicle as a blind, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services, or in the U.S. Coast Guard only.

Firearms Bear Season: Statewide
Firearms Bear Season: WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C & 5D

Nov. 22, 24, 25 & 26
Dec. 1-13

Firearms Bear Season: WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C & 3D

Dec. 1-6

Firearms Bear Season: WMUs 2C, 4B, 4C, 4D & 4E

Dec. 3-6

DaiLy anD SeaSon Limit: one Bear Per LicenSe year, any age. Bear LicenSe requireD.

reguLationS:

Arms & Ammunition:

1) Manually operated centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns with all-lead bullet or ball, or a bullet designed to expand on
impact (buckshot is illegal); 2) muzzleloading long guns of any type, 44 caliber or larger, or a muzzleloading handgun 50 caliber
or larger; and 3) long, recurve, compound (draw weights at least 35 pounds) or crossbows with weight minimum of 125 pounds.
Broadheads must have an outside diameter or width at least 7/8 of an inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same
plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3.25 inches in length.

Fluorescent Orange Requirements

Bear hunters must wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. (Example: a
portion of the orange must appear on a cap and coat/vest so as to be visible 360 degrees.) Camouflage fluorescent orange may
satisfy this regulation if the total orange content is at least 250 square inches. When hunting in an area with a concurrent fall
turkey season, archery bear hunters must wear a hat containing a minimum of 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange
when moving. The hat may be removed when the archer is stationary or on stand.

License, Tagging, Reporting Requirements

Bear licenses will be available for purchase on a split schedule this year. Bear licenses can be purchased from the start of
2014 license sales (mid-June) until the day before the statewide firearms bear season (Nov. 21). Licenses will then be
available for purchase from Nov. 27-30, 2014. A successful bear hunter must complete all information on tag and attach to
head (ear) of the animal immediately after harvest and before the carcass is moved. In addition, within 24 hours each hunter
who harvests a bear must take the animal, along with his hunting license and bear license, to a Game Commission check station for examination. Bear check stations are listed in this section. Bears should be field-dressed before being brought to a
check station, as Game Commission personnel do not need to examine reproductive tracts. Once you have used your tag, it
is unlawful to possess it in the field. Keep in mind that if you purchase a bear license through PALS online, you cannot hunt
for bear until the physical license is delivered to you with a harvest tag.

Restrictions

It is unlawful to: 1) kill a bear in a den; 2) use a radio to locate a bear to which a radio transmitter has been attached; 3) hunt
on areas where artificial or natural bait, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt, chemicals, minerals, including residue or other foods are
used, or have been used, as an enticement to lure wildlife within the past 30 days; 4) use scents or lures. It is also unlawful to
hunt bears in a party of more than 25 persons.

Bear Feeding Ban

It is unlawful to "intentionally lay or place food, fruit, hay, grain, chemicals, salt or other minerals that may cause bears to
congregate or habituate in an area." In addition, if nuisance bears are being attracted to an area by any other wildlife feeding,
wildlife conservation officers can issue written notice to temporarily halt the activity.
Many fire halls hosting bear check stations offer food concessions, which help fund their operations. Take advantage of these and
help support the local community that cooperates with the Game Commission in hosting check stations.

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