Black Bear Hunting News

Four-Day Statewide Bear Season Part of New Line Up for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said bear hunters will be able to enjoy a new four-day statewide bear season, in addition to a full-week of archery bear season and a return of extended bear seasons in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) during the first week of the firearms deer season.

Maryland Black Bear Hunt Closed

Oakland, Md. (October 27, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the 2011 black bear hunting season at 9 p.m. today with hunters reporting 65 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. DNR opened the season Monday, October 24 in Garrett and Allegany counties.

Utah Residents Apply for a 2012 Sportsman Permit

Applications for Utah's most prized hunting permits accepted soon.

You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits—2012 sportsman permits—starting Nov. 1.

Macclenny, Florida Cake-stealing Bear Euthanized

The birthday-cake-stealing bear that broke into a Macclenny home Oct. 3 has been euthanized, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

After tracking the bear for approximately two weeks, FWC biologists were able to pinpoint the bear's location using telemetry equipment. Because the area was so dense with underbrush, the safest course of action was determined to be the use of dogs to track the bear, and then personnel would tranquilize the animal.

Great Delta Bear Affair Celebrates Mississippi’s Black Bears

The town of Rolling Fork will once again be the site for this year’s Great Delta Bear Affair to be held on Saturday, October 22. The festival began in 2002 as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous Sharkey County bear hunt of President Theodore Roosevelt which led to the creation of the “Teddy Bear”. The event continues to raise awareness about the lower Delta’s natural resources, particularly black bears.

New York DEC Announces Early Bow Season in the Southern Zone and Early Muzzleloader Season in the Northern

Hunters Also Reminded: New Antler Restriction Law in Part of the Catskills

The 2011-2012 Southern Zone bowhunting season and Northern Zone muzzleloader season for deer and bear begin at sunrise on Saturday, October 15. The Southern Zone includes most of upstate New York outside of the Northern Zone, except for Westchester County. The Northern Zone, generally includes the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill Plateau, the eastern Lake Ontario plain, and the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys.

“Wounded Warriors” Bear Hunt Successful in West Virginia

A group of wounded veterans recently participated in a special bear hunt in Pendleton and Hardy counties over a three-day period, Sept. 26-28. The nine hunters, seven of whom are from West Virginia, were part of the Wounded Warrior program, organized for the second year by the Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach Program.

New Brunswick: Tips for Homeowners to Avoid Black Bear Encounters

The fall is when black bears are most active in New Brunswick as they forage for food to prepare for the winter ahead. Consequently, bears are more commonly seen during daylight hours this time of year.

The Department of Natural Resources wishes to advise homeowners and campers how to prepare themselves should they encounter a black bear.

Although black bear attacks are extremely rare, people need to realize that bears are wild animals that demand respect.

South Carolina DNR: Feeding, Baiting Deer in Black Bear Range Not Wise

A recent study indicates that there may be as many as 800 bears in the coastal plain of South Carolina. Most of these coastal bears, about 500, are found in Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, Charleston, and Berkeley counties.

Florida FWC to Baker Co. Residents: Be 'Bear Aware’

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received reports about a black bear in the Macclenny area, west of Jacksonville, this week.

"The bear apparently broke into a home at 2 a.m. Monday and grabbed food items, including a birthday cake," said Karen Parker, FWC public information coordinator.

An FWC biologist went to the scene Tuesday to assess the situation.