Bear Seasons

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General Bear Regulations

Within a calendar year, and during authorized seasons, a hunter may harvest:

  • One bear with a general fall black bear tag
  • One bear with a SW Additional fall black bear tag
  • One bear with a controlled spring black bear tag

It is unlawful to:

  • Take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.
  • Use bait to attract black bear and using dogs to locate and tree black bear is prohibited.
  • Hunt with a centerfire rifle without a valid (used or unused) deer or elk tag during certain time periods and areas; see General Hunting Regulations.

Mandatory Check for All Harvested Bears

The skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked; the hunter is responsible to have it presented.

  • Skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in and please prop open mouth so tooth can be accessed. Inserting a stick or dowel between the molars prior to freezing/drying out will help keep jaw open.
  • Check-in at ODFW offices must occur by appointment during normal business hours (Mon. – Fri., 8-5). Please call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked.
  • Hunters are required to check-in the skull only.
  • Hunters are requested but not required to submit the reproductive tract of any female bear harvested, see diagram below.
  • At check-in, hunters must provide:
    • Date and location including Wildlife Management Unit of harvest.
    • Complete hunter information including the issued date and time of a paper tag or the confirmation number of an electronic tag; or a completed “Wildlife Transfer Record Form” is an alternative for providing the needed information.
  • Hunters must still complete mandatory reporting via the internet.

Collecting the Reproductive Tract from a Female Black Bear or Cougar

  1. Label a plastic bag with: issued date and time of a paper tag or the confirmation number of an electronic tag, Date of Kill, Unit Number and Name, County, and Your Name and Address. Ziplock type kitchen or freezer bags work very well for this purpose.
  2. Locate the “Y” shaped reproductive tract beneath and slightly ahead of the pelvis or hip bones. It usually is necessary to move some of the intestines and other organs aside to locate the entire tract, including both ovaries and the uterus.
  3. Cut the uterus immediately forward of the bladder. Use caution when handling the bladder and cutting the reproductive tract from the body cavity to insure the meat is not contaminated with urine from the bladder.
  4. Place the entire reproductive tract in the labeled plastic bag and seal.
  5. Preserve specimens by freezing as soon as possible and submit to any ODFW district office or check station.