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has happened.
Hunter participation increased 9
percent in 2010, but remained almost
unchanged in 2011 and 2012, while daily
harvests have changed little.
For example, before 2010, 65 percent
of the harvest occurred on Monday, 23
percent on Tuesday, and 12 percent
on Wednesday. Last year, 54 percent
occurred on Saturday, 30 percent on
Monday, 8 percent on Tuesday, and 8
percent on Wednesday.
And Schlemmer said he believes the
prospects are good for another terrific
bear season.
"Reports that I have received from
the northern counties, and even in local
suburban areas, suggest an increase in
bear populations in the Commonwealth
that will give our customers a greater
chance of harvesting a bear this season,"
Schlemmer said.
The change in season openers,
extended seasons and the bear archery
season have all made bear hunting more
exciting and increased participation. But
there are still times when the woods are
pretty quiet in bear season. Many factors
might cause the slowdown, including
weather, distribution and availability of
fall foods, and hunter pressure. When you
find yourself in these periods of inaction,
assess your situation. Although it's true
bear hunting can be a waiting man's
game, it's also true that hunting in the
wrong place or at the wrong time won't
often get the job done.
First off, let's put things in perspective: it isn't easy to take a black bear.
The 2013 bear hunter success rate was
about 2 percent. It's been that way for
a while. It's a tough sport, but for those
who have success - just imagine taking
a 500-pound boar - there's nothing else
like it in Penn's Woods.
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Kaity Corle of Hopewell took this bear on
the first day of the 2013 bear season in
Centre County's Rush Township.

The key to taking a bear has always
been capitalizing on its need for food
and cover. Ternent recommends finding
the food first.
"Bear activity in the fall is strongly
influenced by food availability because
of the need to prepare for hibernation,"
Ternent said. "So, I would consider
scouting for food sources to be the best
approach. Some common fall foods include acorns, beechnuts, hickory nuts,
apples, wild grapes, some black cherry,
and late-season agricultural crops such as
corn. Once a food source is found, look
for evidence that bears are visiting it. If
they are, scout nearby areas of thick cover
for bear sign and places to hunt."
With gypsy moths on the rise again
in Pennsylvania, particularly in some
western counties, Ternent recommends
that hunters confirm acorn crop production before planning to hunt specific
woodlands. But he noted that all insect
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