Hunters in Luzerne County took two bears weighing more than 600 pounds apiece through the second day of the regular season.
Corrina Kishbaugh of Nanticoke shot a 623-pound male on Nov. 17 in Newport Twp. while Brian P. Bonner Jr. of brought down a a 607-pound male in Hazle Twp.
Statewide, hunters harvested 1,622 bears through the second day of the season on Nov. 19, a faster clip than last year when 1,310 bears fell in the first two days.
Mickey Moore of Clearfield hit the biggest bear so far, a 704-pounder downed in Goshen Twp., Clearfield County.
Bloomsburg’s Scott Yorty shot a 697-pound male on Nov. 19 in Chapman Twp., Clinton County.
Jordan M. Tutmaher, of Warren shot a 679-pound male at 5 yards with a .357-caliber handgun. The bear appeared on the drive of a Christmas tree patch in Farmington Twp., Warren County.
The regular season ends Nov. 21.
Hunters in Wildlife Management Unit 4C that includes Hazleton and the neighboring Unit 4E can shoot bear during an extended season from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. In Units 3B, 3C and 3D which take in most of Sullivan, Bradford, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties the extended season runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.