Pennsylvania yesterday opened its annual 3-day bear hunting season and Tennessee is in the middle of their season that is a considerably more extended season than that of Pennsylvania. Both states believe they have an abundance of bears and if the weather holds favorable, record harvests could be reported.

To date, Tennessee has reported 246 bear taken with 17 days left in the season. The later part of the season into December allows dogs for bear hunting. Officials predict as many as 400 bears could be harvested if the weather doesn’t get too cold too quickly. That would be a record.

Meanwhile Pennsylvania officials are reporting a bumper crop of bears and they too think that if the weather holds for the next two days, as many as 3,500 bears could be taken. Last year 2,360 bears were taken and the weather was not good on opening day.

Tom Remington