Lifetime License holders are not exempt from the purchase of a bear license.
Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing a bear license.
Bear licenses for the muzzleloader season must be purchased prior to Oct. 25, 2014. No bear licenses will be sold after Oct. 24 for the muzzleloader season.
Season Dates & Open Areas
Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult public lands section, Department-Managed Area Rules.
Combined Season Limit
One bear, regardless of season hunted.
One-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset. For sunrise/sunset table, see here.
No baiting is allowed on wildlife management areas. Shooting of cubs or females with cubs is prohibited. No den shooting of bears. Pursuing bears with dogs is prohibited.
Legal Means of Taking
Field Tagging & Checking
Upon harvesting a bear, all hunters must immediately attach their name and license number securely to the carcass and complete the “Record of Game” section on the license form.
The attached item can be anything, as long as it contains the required information. This information must remain attached to the carcass until it is checked.
Upon harvesting a bear, all hunters must call Joe Hemphill, Southeast Region supervisor, at (580) 421-7226 or Jeff Ford, biologist, at (918) 527-9918.
The carcass must be checked in by the hunter who harvested the bear. After the carcass is checked, a carcass tag will be issued, which must remain with the carcass to its final destination or through processing and/or storage at commercial processing or storage facilities.
The head must remain attached to the carcass until the bear is checked. Bear carcasses may be checked-in quartered, with or without skin, but sex organs must remain naturally attached until checked by a Department employee.
For hunter orange requirements, see E-Check.
Muzzleloader Bear Quota
The Wildlife Department has set the 2014 muzzleloader harvest quota at 20 bears. The muzzleloader season will be open until 20 bears have been harvested or the season ends. Hunters must check via telephone whether the quota has been reached before going hunting each day. Once the quota has been reached, the season will close.
To check the status of the harvest quota: Call (888) 901-3256
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