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taker who made very little effort and spent
the entire week sitting on the porch smoking roll-your-owns. I left my guaranteed
successful hunt in Newfoundland without
ever seeing the slightest sign of a bear.
The quest was becoming a curse.
I returned to the bruins of Pennsylvania. There had to be a way to get one.
I did some research. In analyzing harvest data, I noted that Cameron County,
two hours northeast of my Clarion County
home, consistently was near the top
among Pennsylvania counties for bears
taken.
But in looking at the map, I also appreciated its geographically tiny size.
In terms of bears per square mile,
Cameron County certainly would be a
potential hotspot.
I began making contacts. Pennsylvania
Game Commission personnel were especially helpful and accommodating. Before
long, I had loads of tips and information,
as well as some excellent places to hunt.
Also, that was the year my wife Cathy
started bear hunting, and I was delighted
to have a new partner.
We made some scouting trips to Cameron County. We explored the large tracts
of timber there and found prodigious sign.
Things were looking up. Once again I
was filled with bear-hunting optimism,
and for the next several years, Cathy and
I made an annual pilgrimage to our new
black-bear Promised Land.
We thoroughly enjoyed our adventures
in the big woods of Pennsylvania's northern tier, and made many new friends in the
town of Emporium.
There was only one problem: We never
saw any bears. Not once. Not ever.
One year we returned from Cameron
County with the unpleasant realization
that the trail there had gone cold for us.
There no longer was hope in it, just that
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An aerial view of
Hale's Clarion County
farm shows a landscape much different
than the classic bigwoods bear habitat.
But when bears
started showing up
there, hunting them
only made sense.

same old feeling of futility.
Bear hunting, once again, had become
a stale ritual, and we wondered if either
of us would ever see a bear in our sights.
Whitetails were no problem. Cathy
and I had taken plenty, and we also had
successful hunting out west for mule deer
and antelope.
But a Pennsylvania black bear seemed
utterly unattainable. Here was yet another
unsuccessful season.
I decided to turn my attention to the
upcoming deer season by checking out a
ladder stand that I had hung on the Clarion
County farm where we live.
I climbed into the stand with bears still
on my mind.
The second I reached the top, I heard
the sound of breaking brush and was
amazed to see a squat, black locomotive smashing its way toward me. When
the bear reached the clearing below the



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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover2
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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