Black Bear Hunting News

The Next Pure Michigan Hunt Winner Could Be You

Would you like to hunt elk and bear, along with other species in Michigan next year? You can if you win one of three Pure Michigan Hunt (PMH) packages. However, to win you need to apply. Applications for the 2013 drawing are now available for purchase. You can purchase an unlimited number of $4 applications for Michigan's "Hunt of a Lifetime" from now until Dec. 31. Three winners will be drawn to win the ultimate prize package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, deer and waterfowl, plus various hunting merchandise yet to be determined.

Special Kentucky Fish And Wildlife Commission Meeting To Discuss Bear Season Modifications

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) March 19 to consider modifications to the state’s bear season. This is the only item on the agenda.

Florida Black Bear Festival is Free, Family Fun

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is once again a proud partner in the Florida Black Bear Festival, an event dedicated to helping people understand and live in harmony with the fascinating Florida black bear.

The free, family-oriented festival, now in its 13th year, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cadwell Park in Umatilla, south of the Ocala National Forest. The free event is a great way for families to spend a few hours together doing something fun and educational at the same time.

Expect Bears to Emerge From Dens Earlier This Spring in New Hampshire

Recommendation: Take birdfeeders down by March 15

Bear Control Program Approved on Middle Kuskokwim River, Alaska

The Board of Game voted unanimously to take steps to increase the moose population in the middle Kuskokwim River area by establishing a bear control program.

The approved bear predation control area is located in some of the best moose habitat along the middle Kuskokwim River, which previously supported high levels of harvest for hunters throughout the Kuskokwim drainage and elsewhere.

Montana Hunter's Bear Identification Training Required

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters it is their responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, he or she must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course online at on the Hunter Education page.

Pennsylvania's 2011 Final Bear Harvest Sets New Record

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the final bear harvest results from the state’s three recently concluded seasons show that hunters harvested 4,350 bears, which sets a new record as the highest in Pennsylvania history.

On Dec. 5, preliminary harvest of 3,968 was announced, but that figure did not include complete reports from all check stations.

Wisconsin Bears with Cubs On Public Property Need Understanding and Space, Not Food

With longer days and warming temperatures, bears are moving around their winter dens and in some cases are easily visible. Sows, in particular, will stay close to their dens to care for cubs.

Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources are asking people to give these bears a lot of space. Curiosity is natural, and seeing bears is exciting, but when people gather at these sites, the sows feel threatened, according to John Dunn, a DNR wildlife biologist.

Bear, Lion and Wolf Seminars Teach Large Predator Safety in Wyoming

Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your back yard?

If you're not sure how to react in these situations, plan to attend one of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's "Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country" seminars.

New York DEC: Record Bear Harvest and Steady Deer Take in 2011

Hunters in New York State harvested more than 228,350 deer and 1,250 bears during the 2011 hunting seasons, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The deer take nearly matched the 2010 deer take while a new record was set for the bear harvest in southern New York.