Black Bear Hunting News

Apply for Utah Bear Hunting Permit

February 2, 2012 is the first day to apply

If you like to hunt bears in Utah, two big changes await you this year.

Report Hunt Results By the Jan. 31 Deadline for Chance to Win Special Tags in Oregon

Hunters need to report the results of most big game and turkey hunts by Jan. 31, 2012. Hunters should complete a report for each and every deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased, even if they didn’t fill their tag or go hunting. The participation and harvest rate information is critical for setting tags and seasons.

Leaving Florida Bear with Burned Paws Alone is Best for the Bear

A male Florida black bear that appears to have burned his front feet in a wildfire in the Mt. Plymouth area of Lake County will likely fare well if he is left alone to heal, according to bear biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

"Our hope is that the bear will hunker down undisturbed and out of sight in thick cover so his burned paws can heal naturally," said Mike Orlando, assistant bear management coordinator for the FWC. "He doesn't need to eat or drink right now because he already has plenty of fat stored up for the winter hibernation."

New Ways to Hunt Black Bears in Utah

New plan provides hunters with new opportunities

Starting this spring, bear hunters will have opportunities they've never had before in Utah.

Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County, Mississippi

On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call that a bear had been killed in the Busy Corner Community of Amite County. In a joint effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, MDWFP was able to identify the shooter and obtain the bear, which had been previously tagged.

2011 Tennessee Black Bear Harvest Establishes Record

A record black bear harvest was established in the 2011 hunting seasons, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports. The new mark surpasses the previous mark of 573 that was set in 2009.

Windsor, Connecticut Man Arrested for Illegally Killing Black Bear at His Residence

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police today charged John G. Rocha, 82, of Poquonock Avenue, Windsor with illegally killing a black bear.  He was also charged with Negligent Hunting in the fourth degree.  Mr. Rocha was released on a promise to appear in Enfield Superior Court on January 17, 2012. 

Wildlife Artists Invited to Enter 16th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites artists to submit their original artwork for the 16th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Both Maryland residents and non-residents may enter now through Friday, March 16, 2012.

“The proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamp and other related products are used to compensate farmers in Maryland who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears,” said Patricia Allen, Information & Education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.

Only a Few Days Left for Your Chance at Michigan's Hunt of a Lifetime

With 2011 drawing to a close, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the last day to purchase Pure Michigan Hunt applications is Saturday, Dec. 31.

Black Bear Found Dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found floating in the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Hunters in the area reported the bear to LDWF on Sunday, Dec. 11 near the old ferry landing.  LDWF performed a necropsy on the bear at the recovery scene, which revealed the bear was shot multiple times and then probably disposed of into the river.  LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot either a day or two before being reported.