Black Bear Hunting News

Reward Offered In Bear Case
Recent discovery of an illegally-killed Louisiana Black Bear near Lake Fausse Pointe in St. Mary Parish has prompted Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. to offer a cash reward for information leading to the apprehension of the violator. The dead bear was discovered on March 10, on the levee bank of Cotton Canal.
Bear Feeding Ban Starts March 22
Pennsylvanians are reminded that a new regulation that makes feeding bears illegal takes effect on March 22, said Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross.
2003 Big Game App Deadline Approaching
Hunters planning to hunt big game in Colorado this fall need to be aware of the application deadline of April 1 for limited deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bear and moose licenses. This deadline applies to any hunter wanting to apply for a specific limited big game license or preference point. As usual, there will be over the counter elk and bear licenses available for many areas.
Big Game Hunting Suggestions Welcomed
If you'd like to see some big game hunting changes in Utah in 2004, or if there are opportunities in place now that you don't want changed, the Division of Wildlife Resources wants to hear from you.
2003 Hunting Seasons Take Shape
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently approved changes in the 2003 hunting regulations and agreed to final spring turkey season dates, spring turkey quotas, spring and fall black bear seasons and quotas. The Commission will make final decisions on all license and permit quotas for deer, elk and antelope at its August meeting.
Extending the Black Bear Season
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in looking into a proposal to extend black bear season to the end of August in hunting units 16A, 17, 19,20, 20A, 26 and 27. If the season were extended, it would run from April 1 to Oct. 31 each year. Harvest would be closely monitored in each of the units.
New Fishing and Hunting License Year Begins March 1st
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds hunters and anglers that March 1 is the beginning of the new fishing and hunting license year. Current fishing and hunting licenses expire on Feb. 28, except for licenses that cover furbearer trapping and mountain lion hunting. New licenses are available at FWP offices or from FWP license providers around the state.
Deer, Bear, and Turkey Harvest Figures Available
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) announced preliminary figures for bear, deer, and turkey harvests for the 2002-2003 Fall Seasons. Overall, there were no surprises. Bear and deer preliminary harvest figures are consistent with recent years. Preliminary fall harvest figures for wild turkey declined significantly from last year, however they remain only slightly below the average for the last five years.
Record Black Bear Harvest
West Virginia bear hunters harvested a state record 1,335 bruins during the combined archery and firearms seasons, according to William K. Igo, Black Bear Project Leader for the Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. The preliminary harvest total is seven more than the previous record of 1,328 established in 2000, and 7% higher than the 1,253 killed in 2001.
Blue Mountains Spring Black Bear App Due March 9th
Hunters who want a chance to be drawn for one of 105 permits for the 2003 Blue Mountains spring black bear hunt must submit an application before midnight on March 9, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.