Black Bear Hunting News

Massachusetts Releases 2010 Black Bear Harvest Numbers

During the 2010 fall bear seasons, licensed hunters took a total of 144 black bears. During the 17-day September season 114 bears were taken, and 30 were taken during the 18-day November season. The breakdown of figures by county is as follows: 57 bears taken in Berkshire County, 42 in Franklin, 16 in Hampden, 26 in Hampshire, and 3 in Worcester County. The largest field-dressed bear to be checked in weighed 387 pounds and was taken in Becket with a bow.

Colorado Big Game Apps Due April 5th

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is rolling out its 2011 big game hunting brochure with some major enhancements to help hunters apply for licenses and find information about big game hunting in the state. Applications for the 2011 fall big game season are due to the Division of Wildlife by Tuesday, April 5.

The fully re-designed brochure includes easy-to-read tables, a detailed list of new hunt opportunities in the state and a reference page with important information about Colorado hunting regulations. Copies of the brochure are available anywhere licenses are sold.

Arkansas Black Bear Hunters Harvest Second Highest Total

They didn't beat last year's record, but bear hunters still harvested the second-highest total in the state's history. More than 450 bears were harvested during the 2010-11 season. During the 2009-10 season, hunters harvested a record 530 bears.

The harvest totals were presented to commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission during its monthly meeting.

Virginia House Committee Members Table Deer, Elk and Bear Damage Bill

Sportsmen should thank Committee members for voting to stop a bill that would have allowed for the unlimited killing of deer, elk and bear.

Senate Bill 868, introduced by Senator Richard Stuart (R- Montross), would have required the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue agricultural damage kill permits to any person claiming that deer, elk, or bear were causing agricultural damage without first investigating if any damage actually occurred.

New Hampshire to Discuss Bear Guide Permit Application

Proposed rules affecting bear guide permit allocation, possession of bear and the moose hunt lottery will be discussed at a public hearing on Monday, February 28, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.

California DFG Releases 2 Bear Cubs

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has successfully returned two California black bear yearlings to the remote wilderness near Truckee. Both female cubs were orphaned last summer.

Alabama Juvenile Charged with Killing Black Bear

Officers with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, have charged a juvenile with violating the Alabama Black Bear Protection Act in Mobile County.

A report of a dead black bear found in the Creola area of Mobile County led to an investigation, which determined the bear was killed by the juvenile at night. Evidence indicated that the bear was killed shortly before Thanksgiving and the carcass was then dumped in the woods nearby.

West Virginia Black Bear Hunters Harvest Record Number

West Virginia hunters harvested a record 2,392 black bears during the combined 2010 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined seasons in 2010 was 14 percent higher than the previous record of 2,069 established in 2008.

New York DEC Bans Black Bear Feeding

Responding to the growing number of conflicts between bears and people across New York State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a new state regulation that prohibits the feeding of black bears.

As black bear numbers have increased significantly in recent years and bears have become more widespread throughout New York, the number of interactions between bears and people has grown, often resulting from the intentional or incidental feeding of bears.

Utah Black Bear Hunters Will Have More Opportunities in 2011

By all indications, black bears in Utah are doing well. And that means hunters will have a few more chances to hunt bears in 2011.

On Jan. 4, 2011 the Utah Wildlife Board approved several bear hunting changes for Utah's 2011 seasons. All of the changes the board approved will be available in the 2011 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.