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Garry Miller Jr., of McConnellsburg, Pa.,
with Pennsylvania's new No. 1 archery black
bear in the Game Commission's Big Game
Records program.

big bears are any different today," Ternent
said. "I believe there are still 800-pound
bears in Pennsylvania, but they're not
common."

NINE LONG YEARS

A new No. 1 bear in the archery category was added to the record book this
year, D'Angelo said.
Shot in Fulton County at 8:40 a.m.
on the first day of the 2015 bear-archery
season by Garry Miller Jr., of McConnellsburg, the bear scored 21ยน5/16, weighing 652 pounds.
"Garry spotted the bear while hunting
from his tree stand and then put on a stalk
that led to a good shot," D'Angelo said.
About 85 percent of the Pennsylvania
bears D'Angelo scores, in addition to
making the state records, also meet the
minimum for inclusion in the Boone &
Crockett Club's records.
"That speaks volumes about the
tremendous bears we have here in the
Keystone State," D'Angelo said.
Ternent said huge bears roll into
check stations every year. Even a few
800-pounders have been brought in over
the past 15 years.
"There's no reason to believe the conditions responsible for producing those
4

To reach 500 pounds, a male bear
needs to live about nine years. But that's
not an easy age to attain in Pennsylvania,
where hunting, vehicle collisions and
other hazards can end a bear's life prematurely.
"Reaching that prime age can be a challenge for a male bear," Ternent explained.
"So we might assume that those big bears
do develop strategies that other bears
may not."
The Miller bear - the fourth-largest
taken in 2015 - was 11 years and 10
months.
The 713-pounder, taken in Blair
County by Richard A. Watt, of Gallitzin,
was aged at 12 years and 10 months, while
the 713-pounder taken in Mifflin County
by Gregory A. Wilson, of Lewistown, was
10 years, 10 months old.
Bears need longevity and an abundance
of food to reach 500 or more pounds. But
living where hunters hit the woods less -
maybe on private property or in remote
areas - or having a reliable hunter-escape
strategy can be beneficial, too.
For perspective, consider that 90
percent of bears harvested annually in
Pennsylvania weigh less than 300 pounds.
The average weight of a female black bear
is 153 pounds, while a male averages 201
pounds, according to Ternent.
With each passing year, more hunters
are finding bear-hunting opportunities
closer to home. There were no bear har-



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