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PA expands bear season for soldiers, disabled hunters, seniors

From Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners

-- Commissioners approved a notational vote for a technical change to the final package of 2012-13 hunting seasons and bag limits for expanded bear seasons in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D. 

The technical amendment, which will become part of the final adopted package, specifies there will be a three-day special firearms bear season from Oct. 18 to 20 in WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D for certain hunters. 

The expanded bear opportunity runs concurrently with the special statewide three-day antlerless deer season for the same group of license holders. However, the specific listing of the extended bear season was mistakenly omitted from the regulatory package voted on April 24.

Those hunters are limited to junior and senior license holders, disabled person permit (to use a vehicle) holders, and Pennsylvania residents only serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard, with required antlerless license.

Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706.

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