Hunters bagged 1,241 black bears on Saturday’s opening day of the statewide season, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The number is almost double the 659 bears taken on the Saturday opener last year, which became a record-low harvest.
The Game Commission said this year’s bear season could end up ranking among the top five. The state’s fifth-best harvest was in 2016, when a preliminary harvest of 1,297 bears was taken the opening Saturday.
The four-day season runs through Wednesday.