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).
August 17, 2019 - September 8, 2019
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
2018-19 Mammal Hunting Regulations
includes regulations for
Effective July 2018
Purchase licenses and tags ONLINE or at a local AGENT.
Valid JULY 1, 2018 through JUNE 30, 2019
Wildlife Branch - Game Management
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811