Black Bear Hunting News

Aspen, Colorado Bear Aware Training Announced

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting Aspen and upper Roaring Fork Valley residents to attend Bear Aware team training, Thursday May 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Aspen's Rio Grande Room, 455 Rio Grande Place. This group of volunteers will work in and around Aspen and Pitkin County.

Virginia Black Bear Tests Positive for Rabies

On April 17th, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was contacted by two men who encountered a bear that appeared to be acting very erratically in Afton, Virginia, Albemarle County. The men were driving a small 4-wheel off-road utility vehicle on a large, secluded parcel of land, when a bear approached and began biting the vehicle's tire, and then attempted to enter the occupied vehicle. The men were able to exit the vehicle without injury and ultimately shot and killed the bear.

Wisconsin Learn to Hunt Bear Application Process Open

People interested in learning to hunt Wisconsin’s largest game animal have until May 25 to apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear outing featuring classroom and field instruction capped with a real hunt with skilled mentors.

Input Sought for Colorado, Grand Mesa Bear Management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the development of bear management plans for hunting units on the Grand Mesa.

During the month of May, wildlife managers will host public meetings in Grand Junction, Hotchkiss, Rifle and Collbran to provide information on bear management and seek public comment on how to maintain a healthy bear population while reducing bear conflicts. The areas up for discussion include Game Management Units, 41, 42, 421, 411, 52, 53, 63 and 521.

Florida Black Bear Draft Management Plan Revised

The Florida black bear population has increased from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 bears today, and now the draft plan that will guide continued conservation of this species has been revised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Don't Feed Bears

When black bears emerge from their dens in eastern Kentucky, they have food and companionship on their minds.

"They haven't eaten in three to four months," said Steven Dobey, bear biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources."After a couple of weeks they really work up an appetite."

Bears prefer natural foods but in April and May those foods are few and far between. Bears feed on greenery and insects such as grubs until berries begin to ripen later in the summer.

California DFG Successfully Returns Yearling Bears Back to Mother Nature

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its 2012 yearling bear release program by returning six orphaned cubs to the wild where they were born. The cubs were found in various locations around the state in the summer months of 2011 and were rehabilitated at a licensed care facility in Lake Tahoe prior to being judged ready to return to the wild.

Minnesota Bear Hunt Applications Open April 2

Applications for this fall’s bear hunt will be accepted from Monday, April 2, through Friday, May 4, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agent and online.  They also are available at the DNR License Center in St. Paul or by phone at 888-665-4236.

Nevada Residents Urged to be 'Bear Aware'

As spring slowly arrives in the Sierra Nevada and the promise of another ‘nuisance’ bear season arrives, the Nevada Department of Wildlife is urging western Nevada residents to be ‘Bear Aware’.

“Living in bear country requires that residents take extra precautions and be ‘Bear Aware’,” Governor Brian Sandoval said.  “At this time of year we see an unfortunate rise in human-wildlife conflicts, and recent encounters in the Lake Tahoe Basin demonstrate that safety and security must be our first priority.”

New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published 2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).  Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers.