Crossbow And the Archery Bear Season - Reg's
STATEWIDE BEAR SEASON: Nov. 20, 22 & 23
STATEWIDE ARCHERY BEAR SEASON: Nov. 15-19
(<span style="color: #CC6600">To hunt bears during the bear bow season hunters need a general hunting license and a bear
hunting license. Crossbows can be used during this season</span>.)
DAILY AND SEASON LIMIT: ONE BEAR PER LICENSE YEAR, ANY AGE
Arms & Ammunition:
1) Manually operated centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns with all lead bullet or ball, or a bullet designed to expand on impact
(buckshot is illegal);
2) muzzleloading long guns of any type, 44 caliber or larger, or a muzzleloading handgun 50 caliber or larger;
3) long, recurve, compound or crossbows with broadheads of cutting edge design. Crossbow draw weight minimum of 125
<span style="color: #FF6600">Fluorescent Orange Requirements</span>
Bear hunters must wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined.
(Example: a portion of the orange must appear on a cap and coat/vest so as to be visible 360 degrees.) Camouflage fluorescent orange may satisfy this regulation if the total orange content is at least 250 square inches.
<span style="color: #FF6600">When hunting in an area with a concurrent fall turkey season,</span> archery bear hunters must wear a hat containing a minimum of 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange when moving. The hat may be removed when the archer is stationary or on stand.
<span style="color: #FF6600">Turkey season info -
Fall Turkey Season: (Closed Nov. 20-24)
WMUs 1A, 1B & 2A (Shotgun, archery only) Nov. 13-19 & Nov. 25-27
WMU 2B (Shotgun, archery only) Nov. 6-19 & Nov. 25-27
WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B & 4D Nov. 13-19 & Nov. 25-27
WMUs 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C & 4E Nov. 6-19 & Nov. 25-27
WMU 5A Nov. 16-18
WMUs 5B, 5C & 5D Closed to fall hunting</span>
Tagging, Reporting Requirements
A successful bear hunter must complete all information on tag and attach to head (ear) of the animal immediately after harvest and before the carcass is moved.
In addition, within 24 hours each hunter who harvests a bear must take the animal, along with his
hunting license and bear license, to a Game Commission check station for examination. Bear check stations are listed in this section. Bears should be field-dressed before being brought to a check station, as Game Commission personnel do not need to examine reproductive tracts.
Once you have used your tag it is unlawful to possess it in the field.
Also, please remember to remove your old hunting license from the holder before you place your current license in the holder to prevent accidentally using a tag
from a previous year to tag your bear and, unintentially, violate the law.
<span style="color: #FF0000">Keep in mind that if you purchase a bear license online, you cannot hunt for bear until the physical license, with tag, is delivered to you.</span>
It is unlawful to 1) kill a bear in a den;
2) use a radio to locate a bear to which a radio transmitter has been attached;
3) hunt on areas where artificial or natural bait, hay grain, fruit, nuts, salt, chemicals, minerals, including residue or other foods are used, or have
been used, as an enticement to lure wildlife within the past 30 days;
4) use scents or lures. It is also unlawful to hunt bears in a party of more than 25 persons.
Bear licenses must be purchased prior to the opening of the regular firearms deer season.
(BT note, as the extended seasons were removed by the BOC this year, this portion was forgotten in the reg re-write)
Bear Feeding Ban
It is unlawful to ďintentionally lay or place food, fruit, hay, grain, chemicals, salt or other minerals that may cause bears to congregate or habituate in an area.Ē In addition, if nuisance bears are being attracted to an area by any other wildlife feeding, wildlife conservation officers can issue written notice to temporarily halt the activity.
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