Glen Savage is best known for its behind-the-fence trophy deer operation, but the hunts I'm talking about take place outside the preserve, and are the brainchild of manager, Tom Barr. He began last year by offering five hunters the opportunity to kill one of the large black bears he had seen roaming the area. Barr says big bruins are found in this region of Pennsylvania because it's mostly unpopulated private land, so there isn't much in the way of hunting pressure. Additionally, the Maryland state line is only 20 minutes away, and that state does not allow bear hunting.
These hunts are conducted on 3,000 acres of private, unfenced land that Glen Savage has leased in the surrounding Whitehorse Mountains. Barr sets up hunters in stands or on vantage points where bears have been spotted feeding on berries and wild grapes. He warns that the thickest, nastiest areas are the best places to focus on.
The season here is only three days long - November 19 - 21. If you don't kill a bear the first two days while standing or stalking, Barr says he will organize a drive in an area where they have scouted bears. Last year, only one hunter out of five in camp took a bear but that one was a real bruiser that tipped the scales at 500 pounds. Barr says the others missed some opportunities and had trouble handling the -10º weather that prevailed during the bear season.
The itinerary of this hunt calls for clients to arrive the night before their hunt. The price is $1,195 and includes meals, lodging and guiding. A Pennsylvania nonresident hunting license costs an additional $101. Add $36 for a........(continued)