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Bear Hunting

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2011 Bear Seasons & Bag Limits

Seasons

Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

General Hunting Season

Aug 29 – Nov 26

2 may be taken annually — 1 by hunting, 1 by trapping

Hunting with Dogs

Sept 12 – Oct 28

Hunting with Bait

(See below.)

Aug 29 – Sept 24

All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.

See page 15 for information on the use of crossbows.

Bear Hunting Permit

The fee for this permit is $27.00* for residents and $74.00* for nonresidents and aliens. During the firearms season on deer, nonresidents and aliens are required to obtain a permit to hunt bear. The fee for this permit is $40.00. Although this permit is not required to trap for bear, you do need a trapping license and a bear trapping permit to trap for bear.
*plus agent fee

Bait

Bait may not be used to hunt for bear from September 26, 2011 to November 26, 2011. Hunting with the use of bait is defined as hunting from an observation stand, blind or other location which overlooks any bait or food except standing crops and foods that have been left as a result of normal agricultural operations or natural occurrence. “Bear Bait” means any animal or plant, or derivative of an animal or plant, used to attract bear. “Bear bait” does not include any packaging or container materials that fall within the definition of litter under Title 17, §2263.

Bait may not be placed to entice, hunt or trap black bear unless:

  • The bait is placed at least 50 yards from any travel way that is accessible by a conventional 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle;
  • The observation stand, blind, or bait area is plainly labeled with a 2 inch by 4 inch tag with the name and address of the baiter;
  • The bait is placed more than 500 yards from any solid waste disposal site or campground;
  • The bait is placed more than 500 yards from an occupied dwelling, unless written permission is granted by the owner or leasee;
  • The bait is placed not more than 30 days before the opening day of the season and not after October 31st;
  • The bait areas will be cleaned up by November 10th as defined by the State litter laws; and
  • The person hunting from any stand or blind of another person has permission of the owner of that stand or blind.
  • Landowner permission (oral or in writing) is required to place bait on another person’s land.

A permit is required from the Bureau of Parks and Lands, (207) 287-3821, to place bait on Public Reserved Land for the purpose of hunting bear. Baiting of animals is prohibited in State Parks and Historic Sites.

Bear Hunting Prohibitions

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