NY Archery Bear Numbers Up

New York Dept. of Environmental Conserv., Bear Hunting Magazine

Archery hunters have been bearing down on bears so far this bow season. As of midweek, the last week of archery big-game hunting in Department of Environmental Conservation Region 9 areas open to bear hunting, 33 bruins had been taken, reports senior wildlife biologist Tim Spierto.

We only took 22 bears all of archery season last year, Spierto said. Curiously, with expanded areas open north and west of areas previously open in the Allegany Region, none of the 33 recorded bears kills were in the newly-opened areas.

Spierto looks for the possibility of record harvest numbers this year due to the early archery take and the increased hunting areas in Region 9 and eastward to regions 8 and 7. With the newly opened areas, the Allegany Region now extends to a border along the west side of the Catskill Region.

While the movement of black bears has been mainly northerly and eastward into the Finger Lakes region, bow hunters reported many more sightings west of Allegany State Park. Southern Cattaraugus County and Chautauqua County areas, particularly around Jamestown, have drawn bear in numbers well above previous populations.

Bear season for regular firearms hunters in the Allegany Region officially will begin at sunrise on Saturday and end on December 7. Bowhunters and hand muzzleloader hunters can hunt bear from December 8 to December 16. Pennsylvanias statewide bear season goes November 24-26, with special seasons set for specific areas.

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