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Bear Seasons

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Bear Hunting Seasons

Daily limit 1; Season limit 1

Season Dates

Applicable County or Counties

Mountain Bear Management Unit Seasons

Oct. 15 – Nov. 17 In and west of Surry, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, Cleveland.

Note: Further game land restrictions may apply. See the “Game Lands” section for specific game land rules.

Dec. 10, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Piedmont Bear Management Unit Seasons

Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren
Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Union
Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 Alexander, Catawba, Davie , Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stokes, Yadkin

Coastal Bear Management Unit Seasons

Nov. 10 – Nov. 25 and Dec. 8 – Dec. 23, 2018 Zone 1: Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell
Nov. 10 – Nov. 18 and Dec. 8 – Dec. 23, 2018 Zone 2: Camden*, Chowan*, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank*, Perquimans
Nov. 10 – Nov. 18 and Dec. 8 – Dec. 23, 2018 Zone 3: Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin, Washington
Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2018 Zone 4: Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pitt, Wayne, Wilson
Nov. 12, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 Zone 5: Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico (use of dogs for hunting bears prohibited in this county), Pender, Robeson, Sampson