Hi Bill, I was wondering where you disappeared to. My supposition here is that a hunter would not want to bother with a bear in this situation, though perhaps he could shoot it and come back to collect it after dark. So “Luck” refers to the bear rather than the hunter, I think.

Bears are quite numerous in PA and frequently have run-ins with homeowners. Bear season is in mid-autumn, before they den up. Neither dogs nor hunting over bait are permitted here (which may have something to do with why there are so many bears).