Bebruary 12 2017
New York state bear harvest data is in, The state reports hunters resident and non-resident killed 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone, Fairly close to the 2015 harvest data as well but up from a 5 year average. In the Northern Zone, 514 bears were killed, down about 12% from 2015.
550 lbs was the heaviest bear reported for 2016 season, Taken in Brandon, Franklin County,
7 Bears reported between 400 and 500 lbs!
Bear Harvest data for the 2016 season is linked below
After several years of battling the lighted nock issues, the state of Montana has finally jumped on board to approve lighted nocks for archery season 2017. Montana and Idaho are of the few last states that do not allow lighted nocks. In Idaho it is still illegal to use lighted nocks.
“The lighted nock has always made a lot of sense to me,” FWP Commissioner Matt Tourtlotte said during the board’s Friday meeting. “I would hate for it to be a gateway for this other technology to come tumbling into a sport that has its roots in a primitive core. But I advocated for it in the past, and I support it now.”
The lighted nock is the very tip of the arrow that attaches to the string of the bow, it does not help in shot placement or help anyway with giving the hunter a bigger advantage, its sole purpose is to help the hunter see where his arrow flew, hit or miss this gives the hunter the proper education of what needs to be done next, if a hunter can find his arrow it gives him the knowledge of knowing if he hit the animal, and if he needs to wait, or move on with his hunt. It simply lights up when the arrow is fired and has a switch to be turned off when the arrow is found. They are extremely bright and allow you to watch the arrow all the way to the target. Arrows are extremely hard to find in the brush and many hunters lose their arrows in the grass which causes more delay and less information of whether to pursue the animal or wait an hour before jumping the animal if wounded. Its a great tool just for helping hunters find their arrows and see shot placement as the arrow flies. The lighted nock stays on for 24+ hours. So you can even come back at night and find the arrow if needed. Saves Archers tons of money in the long run finding expensive arrows in the field. All in all hunters this would give hunters a tool in recovering a wounded animal and nothing more.
Pope and Young Club previously did not consider animals taken with lighted or electronic assistance. But the club changed its rules in 2015 to allow lighted nocks.
“It’s almost like having a tracer bullet being used,” Commissioner Gary Wolfe said. “If an animal jumps but doesn’t run off, you adjust your shot and shoot again.”
Some may argue this allows hunters to shoot later in the evening, early morning or darker situations, this is not the case, At a certain point in the evening you cannot see your aiming pins or your peep site reguardless of the lighted nock. Most Fish and game officers have viewed the lighted nock as a tool and are on board with this change.
2016 Lycoming County Pennsylvania has an excellent year!
Non-resident and resident bear hunters help contribute to a high success rate this year in PA, This year Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,529 bears, the fifth-highest tally in state history. Warren County hunters harvested 131 bears, good enough for the fifth most in the state, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Lycoming County contriubted the most bears taken with 243 harvested. Rounding out the top five were Clinton County (220), Tioga (149), and Potter (141).
The 131 bears taken in Warren easily outnumbered neighboring counties McKean (106 bears taken), Elk (74), Forest (74), Venango (94), Crawford (57), and Erie (28).
2015 bear totals reported by Times Observer show 3,748 bears, including 68 weighing 500 pounds or more, were taken. Although 2016 isn’t an all time high, harvest high was recorded in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. Hunters harvested 4,164 in 2005.
The state wildlife agencies estimate the bear populations to be approximately 20,000.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Pennsylvania’s black bears continue to inspire interest in bear hunting.
“Our bears are so big, and so plentiful, it’s hard not to get excited about hunting for them,” Hough said. “Many deer and turkey hunters have become Pennsylvania bear hunters because of the bears and bear sign they see while afield. It’s a pursuit with undeniable excitement and huge rewards.
(number totals and certain specific information above taken from Times Observer Andrew Morrison)
Check out this article written byBoarmasters Wildlife Attractants owner Nick Hopkins on the Battle of Baiting Nocturnal Bears.
By Nick Hopkins
Bear hunting is extremely challenging, but is also one of the most adrenaline packed hunting adventures you’ll ever do. There are many methods and options for pursuing and hunting bears and all provide some great challenges. I get in conversations every year with people who have never had the chance to hunt bears. Many of those same people think hunting bear over bait isn’t fair, or not as challenging. Well I’m here to tell you baiting bear will be one of the most challenging but rewarding hunts you’ll ever do. I’ve hunted many different animals including elk, deer, antelope, moose, coyotes, and even mountain lion, but my bear hunts still stand out as my most challenging hunts ever. Not only is baiting bear a huge amount of work, that’s only half the battle, Once baits and stands are set we have to trick the bears into eating, and eating during the daylight hours. Its really easy for a bear to feed at night on their own schedule and comfort level. So using tricks to get a bear to feed during the daylight is key to harvesting a bear over bait. At BoarMasters, us and our team of outfitters and prostaffers run over 150+ bait sites a year. This gives us plenty of opportunity to test, and research ideas, and test new products and theories. Below are some tips we have learned over the years………..read more
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Boarmasters one of the leaders in the bear scent,lure and attractant industry has released a new scent for 2014! The bear lure packs an EXTREME punch! Almost an unbelievable smell that will take your breath away. It is by far the strongest butterscotch smell i have ever smelled! Mix 1-2 oz with 5 gallons used fryer grease or liquid of some kind. We used fryer grease and it worked well! Check it out!