Proposed Bear Hunting Seasons, Limits, Methods and Zones

Black Bear Hunting Season Dates and Limits

  • Begins third Monday in October; runs for 10 days, or until bear management zone (BMZ) specific quota is filled; whichever occurs first
  • Black Bear Harvest Quota
    • BMZ-specific quotas established annually by the Conservation Commission
    • Hunters must call each morning they intend to hunt to determine if quota has been filled.
    • Once BMZ-specific harvest quota is filled, the season for that zone will be closed
  • Bag limit is one bear

Black Bear Hunting Season Methods

Archery and firearms

  • Allowable methods same as deer and elk; excluding atlatl

No baiting; may be reevaluated if management needs change in the future

No dogs; may be reevaluated if management needs change in the future

Black Bear Management Zones (BMZ)

Three bear management zones

Bear management zone map

Management zone 1

North boundary: I-44/Hwy 60
East boundary: Hwy 63
South boundary: state line
West boundary: state line

Management zone 2

North boundary: Missouri river
East boundary: Mississippi river
South boundary: state line
West boundary: Hwy 63/I-44/Hwy 47

Management zone 3

North boundary: Missouri river
East boundary: Hwy 63/I-44/Hwy 47
South boundary: I-44/Hwy 60
West boundary: state line

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