During the 2010 fall bear seasons, licensed hunters took a total of 144 black bears. During the 17-day September season 114 bears were taken, and 30 were taken during the 18-day November season. The breakdown of figures by county is as follows: 57 bears taken in Berkshire County, 42 in Franklin, 16 in Hampden, 26 in Hampshire, and 3 in Worcester County. The largest field-dressed bear to be checked in weighed 387 pounds and was taken in Becket with a bow.
Bear hunters are reminded that their 2011 bear permit application and $5 application fee are due by July 16, 2011. Online license holders must apply and pay for their bear permit application by using the new MassFishHunt system at www.mass.gov/dfwele/licensing/index.htm .
Hunters who purchase licenses from a license vendor will find their permit application on their hunting or sporting licenses. The application and fee must be mailed or dropped off at MassWildlife's Field Headquarters in Westborough .
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