Black Bear Hunting News

Nov. 29 Workshop to Discuss Black Bear Conservation in South Florida

A draft plan to ensure a sustainable Florida black bear population will be presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at a Nov. 29 public workshop in Naples.

Members of the public from throughout south Florida are invited to the workshop, which will include a staff presentation on the FWC's draft bear management plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, speak or complete a brief survey on the plan. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road.

Arizona Spring Hunt Draw is Complete – Get Your Results

Get ready to put some spring into your step – the 2012 spring draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear has been completed and results are now available online.

Black Bears Are a Protected Species in Alabama

Black bear sightings in Alabama outside of their primary range of Mobile and Washington counties have increased in 2011. While hunted in other parts of the country, black bears are a protected species in Alabama and no hunting season is established for them through a regulatory process by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF).

Bear Poaching Convictions in Preston County by West Virginia DNR Law Enforcement

A father and son from Terra Alta, W.Va., have been convicted of several violations of West Virginia’s wildlife laws following a two-week black bear poaching/killing investigation in Preston County.

The investigation was conducted by Natural Resources Police Officer Paul Ferguson after he received information from a confidential informant about a bear poaching. That investigation resulted in the arrest of Arnold Dalton, age 77, and his son Eric Dalton, age 47.

Black Bear Permits On Sale Monday, November 21 in New Jersey

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that over-the-counter sale of leftover and unclaimed black bear hunting permits will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Hunters can possess two permits each for a different zone - but the bag limit is still one bear.

A total of 10,000 black bear hunting permits, allocated by black bear hunting areas, were initially available to properly licensed hunters and farmer hunters. The numbers of permits which will be available when the OTC sale begins are as follows:


Bear Permit Award Pickup Period Extended in New Jersey

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing those awarded bear permits in the lottery who were unable to pick them up before the deadline that the Award Pickup Period has been extended until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16. A computer error resulted in the pickup period closing earlier than the actual deadline.

Because of this issue, the Over the Counter Sales of leftover and unclaimed permits will now begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21. The division apologizes for the inconvenience and any confusion.

New York DEC Announces Nov. 19 Opening of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

The 2011 regular deer and bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 19 in New York's Southern Zone, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The two big game seasons close at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Florida WC Shares Black Bear Conservation Success, Solicits Feedback on New Bear Management Plan

After dwindling to as few as 300 bears in the 1970s, the Florida black bear population has rebounded to an estimated 3,000 bears today. Bears and their cubs roam forests and swamps from Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle to Ocala National Forest in the state's midsection and Big Cypress National Preserve in Southwest Florida.

Update On Montana's Hunting Seasons

Montana’s general big game hunting seasons are open through Sunday, Nov. 27. All hunting for black bear, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and fall mountain lion also ends Nov. 27, while the general antelope hunting season will end Nov. 13.

West Virginia Black Bear Gun Hunting Opportunities

West Virginia gun hunters are blessed with an abundance of black bear hunting opportunities, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. In addition to a five-week bow season for black bears, hunters may use a variety of different methods to pursue this magnificent animal, including concurrent hunting during the deer gun season, and hunting with or without dogs.