Black Bear Hunting News

New Mexico DGF Confirms 12 Carcasses Found Were Harvested Legally

The carcasses of 12 elk found recently near Horse Springs apparently were the remains of legally harvested animals, an investigation by the Department of Game and Fish determined.

Arizona Spring Hunt Drawing Complete

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced the drawing results for the 2011 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear.

Pennsylvania's Archery Bear Season Opens Nov. 15th

Pennsylvania bear hunters will be able to enjoy a full-week of archery bear season (Nov. 15-19), followed by a Saturday opener of the three-day firearms bear season, which will run Nov. 20, and the following Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23, according to Carl G. Roe, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director.

Florida Man Caught in the Act of Poaching

A Franklin County man was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with killing a black bear after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigator saw him shoot the animal with a bow and arrow.

Black bears are classified as a threatened species in Florida and are fully protected. There is no open season for the taking of bears.

Utah's 2011 Sportsman Permit Apps Available Nov. 1st

Applications for next year's most prized Utah hunting permits — 2011 sportsman permits — will be available by Nov. 1.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison, hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

Oklahoma Bear Season Opened and Closed on First Day

In an unprecedented and unexpected turn of events, Oklahoma black bear archery season opened and closed in one day when hunters reached the quota of 20 bears Oct. 1 in southeast Oklahoma.

A total of 32 black bears were harvested Oct. 1, which is 13 more than were harvested in about a month's time last year.

West Virginia Archery Seasons Open Oct. 16th

The 2010 West Virginia big game archery seasons open Oct. 16, 2010, offering some of the best deer and bear hunting opportunities in the eastern United States, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Deer – The statewide traditional deer archery season opens on Saturday, Oct. 16, and runs through Dec. 31. Bowhunters are reminded that they have until Oct. 15 to purchase the additional archery stamps (Class RB/RRB). Up to three deer may be taken statewide during this season.

Vermont FWD Lists Reporting Stations Online
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reminds hunters it is easy to locate a big game reporting station by checking the map and list on their website.
Montana Offers New Hunting Opportunities in 2010

Montana's deer, elk and antelope regulations—the hunter's bible—is newly formatted this year and includes some new hunting opportunities for deer, elk and antelope for the upcoming season.

"We made the changes in response to requests for simpler, easier to read hunting regulations," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim.

Arizona Spring Hunt Deadline Oct. 12th
Time is running out, so take a moment and run down to your local Game and Fish office, license dealer or visit their site to get all the information you need to apply for the 2011 spring hunts before the Tuesday, Oct. 12 (by 7 p.m. MST) deadline.