Bear Hunting Regulations
2020 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 10, 2020.
General bear season closes on December 27, 2020, or earlier, if the Department determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. This includes bears harvested during the archery season.
The 2020 bear season reported harvest as of December 30 is: 919
A weekly bear harvest update is also available by calling (888) 277-6398 (toll-free).
2020 Archery Season
August 15, 2020 - September 6, 2020
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