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American black bear
Map of 2017 Bear Zones with CWD Management Zone Highlighted
  • Bear Zone 1 Season Details

    2017 Bear Season Dates

    Archery: Sept. 23-Nov. 30
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29
    Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Nov. 4-5 
    Modern Gun: Nov. 11-30

    Statewide Bag Limit

    One bear, either sex, by any method.

    Bear Zone Quota

    Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Nov. 30, whichever comes first. 
    Archery quota: 205 bears
    Muzzleloader quota: 45 bears
    Modern gun quota: 45 bears

  • Bear Zone 2 Season Details

    2017 Bear Season Dates

    Archery: Sept. 23-Nov. 30
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29
    Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Nov. 4-5 
    Modern Gun: Nov. 11-30

    Statewide Bag Limit

    One bear, either sex, by any method.

    Bear Zone Quota

    Bear Zone 2 does not have a quota.

  • Bear Zone 5 Season Details

    2017 Bear Season Dates

    Archery: closed
    Muzzleloader: closed
    Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: closed 
    Modern Gun: Nov. 25-Dec. 3

    Statewide Bag Limit

    One bear, either sex, by any method.

    Bear Zone Quota

    Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Nov. 30, whichever comes first. 
    Modern gun quota: 10 bears

  • Bear Zone 5A Season Details

    2017 Bear Season Dates

    Archery: closed
    Muzzleloader: closed
    Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: closed 
    Modern Gun: Nov. 18-Dec. 3

    Statewide Bag Limit

    One bear, either sex, by any method.

    Bear Zone Quota

    Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Nov. 30, whichever comes first. 
    Modern gun quota: 5 bears

  • All Remaining Bear Zones Closed to Hunting

    All Remaining Bear Zones Closed to Hunting

Legal Hunting Equipment and Methods

  • 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.
  • 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.

Bear Checking Requirements

Step 1: Immediately upon taking a bear (before moving it), fill out the game tag provided in the guidebook in ink. A piece of paper with the hunter's name, date and bear zone of harvest in ink may be substituted for this permit.
Icon You may also download the tag here. (63.1 KB) .  
Step 2: Call 866-305-0808 within 24 hours of harvest to check the bear.
Step 3: Collect a premolar tooth from the bear and submit it with your name, harvest check number, county of harvest, date of harvest and sex of bear to:  

    Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
    WMD/Bear Data Collection
    2 Natural Resources Drive
    Little Rock, AR  72205

Feeding and Baiting Bears

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. 
  • In the CWD Management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties) bears may be baited on private land before Sept. 1 with only dog food, cat food, patries/bread, cooking oils.grease, non-wildlife meat scraps, popped popcorn, fish and fish byproducts.