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Bear Hunting Regulations

2017 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 14, 2017.

General bear season closes on December 31, 2017, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken.

The 2017 bear season reported harvest, as of 9/21/2017, is:   167 

A weekly bear harvest update is also available by calling (888) 277-6398 (toll-free).

2017 Archery Season

August 19, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Bag and Possession Limit

One adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

Additional Regulations

Mammal Hunting

Regulations for taking big and small game mammals, furbearers and nongame

 

link opens in new tab or window2017-2018 Mammal Hunting Regulations (HTML)
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 2017

License Requirements

  • A CA hunting license and bear tag are required for hunting bear
  • If a bear is taken, the skull must be presented to CDFW within 10 days (link opens in new windowsee tag validation details)
  • Bear tags must be returned, regardless of success

Purchase licenses and tags ONLINE or at a local AGENT.

License and Tag Fees

Valid JULY 1, 2016 through JUNE 30, 2017

Hunting Licenses Fee Description
Resident Hunting License $47.01 Required for any resident 16 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals
Nonresident Hunting License $163.65 Required for any nonresident 16 years of age or older who takes birds or mammals.
Junior Hunting License $12.45 Required for any resident or nonresident less than 16 years of age who takes birds or mammals. To qualify, hunter must be less than 16 years of age at the beginning of the license year (July 1).

Tags Fee Description
Resident Bear Tag $45.62 Resident and nonresident licensed hunters 12 years of age or older at the time of application may purchase one bear tag per license year. Tags are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Nonresident Bear Tag $290.75

Publications and Forms



Wildlife Branch - Game Management
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411


CA Black Bear

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