Proposed Bear Permits and Application Process

Black Bear Hunting Permit

Available to Missouri residents only

Cost will be $25

Permit will be bear management zone-specific

Number of permits allocated for each zone will be approved by the Commission

No landowner permit

  • Why no landowner permit? Because bears cover very large ranges and are not evenly distributed across the landscape, thus the likelihood of success for most resident landowners hunting ONLY on their property would be very limited.
  • Instead, a minimum number of qualifying landowners will randomly be awarded a zone-specific black bear hunting permit – see below.

Hunter Education Requirement:  A person must be 11 years of age or older and display a hunter education certificate or was born before January 1, 1967 at the time of the hunt in order to purchase a black bear hunting permit

Black Bear Hunting Permit Application Process

BMZ-specific Permit Application

  • $10 application fee
  • One BMZ-specific application per year
  • No sit-out period -You can apply for one BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit per year without having to wait even if you are drawn for a permit.
  • Random draw

Resident Landowner Information

Since there is no landowner permit; instead MDC proposes a new way to ensure eligible resident landowners can have a good chance of participating in the bear season.

Why no landowner permit?

Because bears cover very large ranges and are not evenly distributed across the landscape, thus the likelihood of success for most resident landowners hunting ONLY on their property would be very limited.

Landowner Participation

MDC would still like to recognize the contribution of landowners to conservation. To do so, MDC will allocate a minimum of 10% of BMZ-specific black bear hunting permits randomly to eligible landowners who apply for that BMZ-specific permit, unless the number of qualified landowner applications does not meet this minimum.

Landowners who are randomly awarded a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit would be allowed to use their permit to hunt anywhere – on public or private land (with permission) within the designated BMZ.

This 10% minimum guarantees that a specified number of eligible landowners within the BMZ will be able to purchase a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit.

Why does MDC want to ensure a minimum number of eligible resident landowners are awarded a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit?

  • MDC would like to help create a local culture around bear hunting.
  • MDC would like local landowners to have the same chance at a successful harvest as other who have a black bear hunting permit (landowners wouldn’t be restricted to their own property since there is no landowner black bear hunting permit).

What landowners are eligible to be considered for this?

  • Must have previously submitted their Landowner Permit Application which is available at: https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/
  • Must meet same eligibility requirements for deer and turkey landowner permits
  • Must have 20 contiguous acres within the BMZ boundary for which they are applying

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