2017-12-02 / Front Page

Bear season: Potter County third best


This big bruin, seen in the forests and fields of Homer Township in Potter County, was one of the heaviest brought to the Pa. Game Commission check station at the Coudersport Firehall. Kirby B. Kornhaus of Jonestown shot the bear, which had an estimated live weight of 576 pounds. This big bruin, seen in the forests and fields of Homer Township in Potter County, was one of the heaviest brought to the Pa. Game Commission check station at the Coudersport Firehall. Kirby B. Kornhaus of Jonestown shot the bear, which had an estimated live weight of 576 pounds. Bear season was disappointing throughout much of the region, due in large part to rainy weather on opening day, when the majority of bruins are traditionally killed.

There were 118 bears killed in Potter County during the Nov. 18- 22 season, down from last year’s reported harvest of 126, but still high enough to rank third in the state behind Lycoming (130) and Tioga (127).

Cameron County hunters shot 42 bears, down from the 66 reported in 2016.

Statewide, the bear kill during rifle season was reported at 1,796, down by nearly one-third from the 2016 figure of 2,579.

Archery and other early-bear season data is not included in the figures.

Heaviest bruin, a male estimated at 700 pounds, was taken in Venango County by Chad A. Wagner of Titusville.

Two of the other large bears killed over the four-day season were in Potter County: a 609-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Abbott Township by Michael R. Neimeyer of Spring City; and a 576-pound male, also shot on opening day, in Homer Township by Kirby R. Kornhaus of Jonestown.

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