Pennsylvania man kills 679-pound male black bear at 5 yards with .357 handgun: report More than 1,200 black bears were taken in the first day of Pennsylvania's four-day black bear season on Saturday, including a 679 pound bear in Warren County. That bear was taken at 5 yards with a .357 handgun by Jordan M. Tutmaher, of Warren. It was the second largest bear of the day. Tutmaher said he shot and killed the bear at 8 a.m. when the bear appeared in a drive of a Christmas tree patch. 1,241 black bears were taken Saturday, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Last fall, the harvest only took at 659 bears. Pennsylvania’s best opening day harvest was in 2011 when 1,936 bears were taken. The state record bear harvest was also the same year when 4,350 bears were taken. The largest bear taken Saturday – a male estimated at 704 pounds – was taken in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield. He took it with a rifle at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, the season’s opening day. Other large bears taken in the season’s opening day – all taken with a rifle – include: a 623-pound male taken in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke; a 614-pound male taken in Toby Township, Clarion County, by Thomas C. Wilson, of Rimersburg; a 607-pound male taken in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, by Brian P. Bonner, of McAdoo; a 604-pound male taken in Young Township, Jefferson County, by Matthew J. Smith, of Punxsutawney; a 601-pound male taken in Greene Township, Pike County, by Thomas B. Hallowell, Lebanon; a 585-pound male taken in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, by Daniel T. Fetzer, of New Ringgold; a 581-pound male taken in Fannett Township, Franklin County, by Jared E. Hevner, of Red Lion; a 578-pound male taken in Pocono Township, Monroe County, by Nathan S. Fryer, of Tannersville. Opening days harvests by county Venango - 52 Jefferson - 46 Warren - 32 Forest - 30 Crawford - 29 Clarion - 24 Mercer - 11 Erie - 11 Butler - 10 .