Bear Hunting Regulations 


It is illegal to kill a denned bear or one that is being pursued by dogs.

It is illegal to kill a bear outfitted with a radio collar.


Legal Hunting Equipment

Legal Hunting Equipment for bear is the same as legal hunting equipment for deer, except shotguns must be 20-gauge or larger and may use only rifled slugs. 


Seasonal Bag Limit

The seasonal bear bag limit is one bear by any method.


Bear Harvest Quota

Zones 1, 5 and 5A have the following harvest quotas:

  • Zone 1 - 200 bears (165 bear quota in October, 200 bears for the entire season)
  • Zone 5 - 10 bears
  • Zone 5A - 5 bears

Bear season in these zones will close early if the quota is reached before the official closing date. Hunters in these zones must call (800) 440-1477 the evening before each hunt to learn if the quota has been reached.


Feeding and Baiting Wildlife

Baiting is the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve to lure or attract wildlife to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them. Hunters may bait wildlife, except:

  • Bears may not be fed or baited for any reason (including photography or viewing) except from 30 days before bear season through the end of bear season on private land in bear zones 1, 2, 5 and 5A.