Bear Check Station Moved to Wysox
Hunters who harvest a bear must take it to one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s check stations within 24 hours. Check stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19; from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22; and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Check station details are listed on page 37 of the 2011-12 Digest.
This year, the Bradford Country bear check station has been moved to the Wysox Fire Hall on Lake Road. In past years, it had been held at the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club.
Sullivan County’s check station remains at the Hillsgrove Ranger Station on Rte. 187.
Other Northeast Region checkpoints are located in Carbon, Pike, Lackawanna and Monroe Counties as well as the regional office on Rte. 118 in Dallas, Luzerne County.
After 6 p.m. on Nov. 23, hunters with bears to be checked should contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which the harvest took place for assistance. Office telephone numbers are listed on page five of the 2011-12 Hunting and Trapping Digest, issued with hunting licenses.
Those hunters harvesting a bear during the extended seasons should consult the list of available check stations detailed on page 38 of the 2011-12 Digest. Hunters should note that the days, hours and locations of check stations open during the extended seasons may differ from those open during the general season.
This year, the Game Commission has listed global positioning coordinates for hunters to plug into a GPS to help them find the nearest check station. However, coordinates for the check stations in Fulton, Huntingdon and Union Counties are listed incorrectly in the Digest. The correct coordinates are: Fulton County, Buchanan State Forest/Sideling Hill, 40.0172 N, 78.1506 W; Huntingdon County, Huntingdon/Armory, 40.4889 N, 78.0499 W; and Union County, Bald Eagle State Forest/Laurelton, 40.0923 N, 77.2138 W.