Bear Hunting Regulations
2019 General Season
General bear season opens concurrently with general deer season in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 deer hunting zones. In the remaining deer hunting X zones, bear season begins October 12, 2019.
General bear season closes on December 29, 2019, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. This includes bears harvested during the archery season.
The 2018 bear season is closed, and the reported harvest as of 2/12/2019 is: 1,349
A weekly bear harvest update is also available by calling (888) 277-6398 (toll-free).
2019 Archery Season
August 17, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Bag and Possession Limit
One adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.
Regulations for taking big and small game mammals, furbearers and nongame
2019-2020 Mammal Hunting BOOKLET (PDF)
includes regulations for
- hunting small and big game mammals
- trapping furbearers (fox, badger, beaver and raccoon, etc.)
- hunting nongame animals (bobcat, coyote, weasel, etc.)
Effective July 2019