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EARLY BLACK BEAR Season Begins
September 1, 2018
2018 Black Bear Seasons
- Early Season: September 1 through the day before the November Rifle Deer Season (November 9). A separate Early Bear Season tag is required to hunt the Early Bear Season.
- Late Season: The first nine days of the November Rifle Deer Season (November 10-18)
A separate Early Bear Season tag is required to hunt the Early Bear Season. The limit is one bear per calendar year. Baiting is prohibited. Hounds are allowed, provided the person in charge of the dogs has a bear-dog permit, no more than six dogs are used, and no commercial guiding occurs.
Help Collect Important Data
Hunters are required to collect a small pre-molar tooth from each harvested bear. Collecting a bear tooth is now mandated by law. The collection of a premolar tooth is critical to the bear project as it provides important data for evaluating changes to the age structure of the bear population and for making population estimates.