Black Bear Hunting News

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.
Nuisance Bear Review Committee Seeks Comments
The Nuisance Bear Review Committee, appointed by Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette, is seeking written submissions from the public on all aspects of nuisance bear management.
DFG Busts Black Bear Poaching Ring
In the largest operation involving bear poachers in more than a decade, a total of 11 suspects were arrested by the Department of Fish and Game Wednesday, culminating a year-long investigation into three separate networks of bear and other animal poachers and illegal guides.
Black Bear Hunting Applications Period Begins Soon
Applications for permits to hunt black bears during Utah's 2003 spring and fall seasons will be available by Feb. 4. Hunters who have applied for a Utah black bear permit any year since 1993 should receive a preprinted application in the mail by Feb. 4. Beginning Feb. 4, hunters also may obtain applications from hunting and fishing license agents statewide, Division of Wildlife Resources offices and hunter education centers and the DWR's Internet Web site (
Baiting Helps Achieve Bear Harvest Objectives
A recent proposal to ban bear baiting on federal lands would seriously hamper bear population management in Minnesota and could cause an increase in bear-human conflicts when natural foods are scarce, according to officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Bear Harvest Limited By Abundant Food
This year's abundance of natural foods like hazelnuts and acorns led to one of the lowest bear harvests in the past decade, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota bear hunters took 1,852 bears during the 2002 bear season, which ran from Sept. 1 through Oct. 13.
2002 Bear Harvest Figures Available
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's official final harvest report for the statewide three-day bear season and three-county season extension shows hunters took 2,686 bears. The 2002 season placed as the state's third best bear harvest.
Coalition Launched Against Federal Anti Bear Baiting Bill
The nation's premier sportsmen's advocacy organization has joined forces with dedicated bear hunting groups to launch a coalition to fight a Virginia congressman's attempt to restrict bear hunting.
2003 Black Bear Season Meeting and Comment Period
Proposed 2003 black bear seasons and regulations will be discussed at public meetings held across Wyoming Jan. 21-23 by the Game and Fish Department. Written comments about the proposals will be accepted through Jan. 24.
2003 Bear Hunting Apps Due Jan. 17th
People interested in participating in the 2003 Wisconsin bear hunting season have until Jan. 17 to submit applications for bear permits. The 2003 season runs from Sept. 3 to Oct. 7, with those hunters who hunt with dogs going first in those bear management zones open to hunting bear with dogs.