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 13, 2018.
General bear season closes on December 30, 2018, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken.
The 2018 bear season is open statewide, and the reported harvest as of 12/7/2018 is: 1,186
A weekly bear harvest update is also available by calling (888) 277-6398 (toll-free).
August 18, 2018 - September 9, 2018
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
• hunting small and big game mammals
• trapping furbearers (fox, badger, beaver and raccoon, etc.)
• hunting nongame animals (bobcat, coyote, weasel, etc.)
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