Tennessee's Black Bear Season Now Open

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The longest portion of Tennessee's 2010 bear hunting season has begun. The season runs from Dec. 2-15.

The counties allowed for the statewide bear season include Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of Hwy. 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (east of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. All bear reserves are closed to bear hunting.

For bear hunting on specific Wildlife Management Areas, hunters should consult the 2010 regulations as they pertain to the specific WMA. The regulations can be found in the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide found at any license agent, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional office, or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

The 2009 season was an all-time record for bear harvest in the state with 573 animals harvested. TWRA officials expect another good year as the bear population continues to be healthy.

The limit on bear for any person participating in statewide or WMA hunts or both shall not exceed one bear per calendar year. This bear may be either sex.

Cubs or female bears with cubs may not be taken at any time. A cub is defined as a bear weighing 75 pounds or less. Bears may be whole or field dressed but must weigh 75 pounds or more when checked in.

The reproductive organs must remain attached to each bear until it has been officially checked in at an official TWRA checking station. Bears may not be checked in via the internet.


Great news, kind

These news release is great but not so great for me anyway.  I am stuck here across the world until January. So I can only read and learn what others accomplish this bear season.  That is ok by me becuase next year, hopefully will be my first offical bear hunt.  I have a goal of harvesting a trophy of each one of the four tenn big game.  Buck, Bear, Boar and Turkey. Sadly I only have the buck check off of my list.

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I find it interesting when

I find it interesting when they talk about a pound limit.  I know it's up to the hunter, and they should not shoot it if it looks close, but to put an actual pound number on a bear, that's tough to do.  That's one of the things about bear hunters, mainly first timers. They shoot alot of small bears, because they look deceptively large in the woods, especially when they have not ever seen one live before.  The regular hunters are pretty good about field judging bears, but not everyone.

I wonder what the penalty it if somene brings in a 72 pounder???? Will this lead to people shooting one, then realizing it's a little too small, and either leaving it to rot, or trying to get it back to the house, butcher it, and put it away, without anyone noticing?