A male bear with an estimated live weight of 772 pounds is the heaviest of the 2,044
bears taken by Pennsylvania hunters after the first two days of the four-
Over the first two days of the season, bears were taken in 51 counties. Tioga County produced the most bears with 154.
Dan Beavers of Covington Township, Lackawanna County, took the big boar while hunting near home. It is one of 10 bears with an estimated or confirmed live weight of 556 pounds or more.
Other large bears include are a 632-
This year’s two-
Northwest: Warren, 111; Jefferson, 60; Venango, 53; Forest, 39; Clarion, 36; Crawford, 21; Butler, 17; and Erie, 3.
Southwest: Somerset, 85; Fayette, 56; Indiana, 35; Armstrong, 32; Westmoreland, 30; and Cambria, 20.
Northcentral: Tioga, 154; Lycoming, 138; Potter, 98; Clearfield, 97; Clinton, 96; Cameron, 92; Elk, 79; Centre, 69; McKean, 53; and Union, 23.
Southcentral: Bedford, 43; Huntingdon, 39; Juniata, 22; Blair, 21; Mifflin, 21; Fulton, 15; Snyder, 11; Franklin, 8; and Perry, 7.
Northeast: Pike, 71; Wayne, 46; Luzerne, 39; Sullivan, 35; Carbon, 29; Monroe, 27; Wyoming, 22; Lackawanna, 21; Bradford, 15; Susquehanna, 12; and Columbia, 9.
Southeast: Schuylkill, 16; Dauphin, 8; Lebanon, 4; and Northampton, 1.
Hunters with an unfilled bear license may participate in extended bear seasons in specific WMUs that run concurrent with all or portions of the first week of the firearms deer season. For those without a bear license, they may be purchased today and Sunday.
Details about WMUs open to extended bear hunting and the dates are printed on pages
36 and 37 of the “2013-
Schuylkill Visitors Bureau honors SCSAB, SCSA
This year’s Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau will be shared by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Advisory Board and the Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association.
In announcing the co-
“I am honored to congratulate the Sportsmen’s Advisory Board and the Sportsmen’s Association for being recognized by the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau as the 14th Annual Tourism Volunteer of the Year for 2013,” Gargano said. “It takes the energy and enthusiasm of people like you to make good things happen.”
Craig Morgan will represent the Sportsmen’s’ Advisory Board and president Gary Slutter
will represent the Sportsmen’s Association when the awards are presented Monday,
Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m., at Vito’s Coal-
Holiday program at Hawk Mountain
Holiday on the Mountain will be presented Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitor center, Kempton. This annual holiday open house features live raptor programs, winter activities, crafts for kids and bookstore discounts.
Scheduled activities are: 11 a.m., Live raptor program; Noon-
For information access the website at or call 610-
YES applications being accepted
Applications are being accepted from current high school sophomores and juniors for
participation in the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association,
which will be held Monday-
Each year 45 qualifying students from across the United States are chosen to travel to the nation’s capital, where they participate in the weeklong educational opportunity. YES encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government and the importance of being active in civic affairs.
Activities on the schedule include guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum, competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation, informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington , D.C. , and meeting national leaders from Capitol Hill and around Washington , D.C. In addition to the week in Washington D.C. , YES participants compete for $30,000 in college scholarships.
Information on the NRA Youth Education Summit is available by calling 1-
PGC deer biologist is outdoors radio program guest
Pennsylvania Game Commission deer biologist Chris Rosenberry is the Sunday, Dec.
1, guest on “Experience The Outdoors” with Republican Herald/News-
Sunday, Dec. 1 events
Sporting clays, 9 a.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game; for information call (570) 617-
This week’s events
Monday: Friedensburg Fish and Game meeting, 8 p.m., 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine
Grove; for information call Lamar Hummel at (570) 617-
Thursday: Tulpehocken Rifle and Pistol Club meeting, 7 p.m., Berger Road , Pine Grove;
for information access the website at . Schuylkill Spurs Chapter
of the National Wild Turkey Federation meeting, 7:30 p.m., 633 Hancock St. , McAdoo;
for information, call Kevin Titus at (570) 668-
Saturday: “Wings Over Water,” 9-
Sunday, Dec. 8: Sporting clays, 9 a.m., Roedersville Game and Fish, 1357 Mountain
Road, Pine Grove; for information call (570) 640-
Compiled by: Doyle Dietz