Moving from WA to PA

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Spoonman

Spoonman

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Ok it’s officially official now! I have made the move to PA! Ill be closing on a house in Douglassville on a little land in a month. I’ll be about 20 minutes from my brother & sister In law and about 30 minute from my father in-law. Next step is to get a fishing license and get on the water and also do some scouting for deer and bear. Bear season here is kinda crazy so I’ll actually be heading back to Washington to hunt bear. Excited to check things out here. Definitely different out here but one nice thing is there isn’t homeless on every corner and drugs and crime like back home! Thanks again for all the responses guys!
 

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Nice, before you fly back out west, Maine is a 10 hour drive and has the densest black bear population of any state. The fauna should be similar to WA (based on latitude not experience), but it's lacking mountains, and even hills. There isn't a walk a logging road to a good overlook type hunting in Maine, it's heavy on the bait and wait game. But fairly easy, and cheap. Looking at less than $200 for a license and tag for non res, and that's guaranteed. We don't really do draws east of the Mississippi. (except super rare elk, and 3000 moose tags).

And keep an eye on NJ, where I reside, for when they re-open the bear season. But if you're willing to drive, Delaware water gap in PA, you can't go there and not see bears, We grow'em big here. 875 pounder in 2010 and a few over 700lbs between PA and NJ.
 

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Congrats and welcome to PA. I'm about 90 minutes west of you. Prior to hunting public I was strictly on a a private family farm. Don't overlook the smaller game land properties close to your home particularly during archery. If your goal is to put meat in the freezer you'll have decent success.

One thing I've found is that even on the smaller public parcels the average hunter still does not want to walk more then a couple hundred yards from the parking area. As you are well aware from your experience out west if your willing to go where other's are not you'll increase your chances of success.
 
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Congrats and welcome to PA. I'm about 90 minutes west of you. Prior to hunting public I was strictly on a a private family farm. Don't overlook the smaller game land properties close to your home particularly during archery. If your goal is to put meat in the freezer you'll have decent success.

One thing I've found is that even on the smaller public parcels the average hunter still does not want to walk more then a couple hundred yards from the parking area. As you are well aware from your experience out west if your willing to go where other's are not you'll increase your chances of success.
I’m definitely willing to take a walk, normal day in the mountains chasing bear is every bit of 10 miles a day.
 
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Nice, before you fly back out west, Maine is a 10 hour drive and has the densest black bear population of any state. The fauna should be similar to WA (based on latitude not experience), but it's lacking mountains, and even hills. There isn't a walk a logging road to a good overlook type hunting in Maine, it's heavy on the bait and wait game. But fairly easy, and cheap. Looking at less than $200 for a license and tag for non res, and that's guaranteed. We don't really do draws east of the Mississippi. (except super rare elk, and 3000 moose tags).

And keep an eye on NJ, where I reside, for when they re-open the bear season. But if you're willing to drive, Delaware water gap in PA, you can't go there and not see bears, We grow'em big here. 875 pounder in 2010 and a few over 700lbs between PA and NJ.
Thanks for the info. I’ve looked into Maine and the Carolinas and will definitely check them out at some point. The reason for hearing back to WA is I know the area and it’s two over the counter tags for bear. Also still have family and some work that will take me out there.
 

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In northern Berks County and southern Schuylkill you have abundant state game lands and the Weiser State Forest. Lots of deer and some big bear.

You are also along the Schuylkill River. Give Flathead a try.
 
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