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Beware of the Bear


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General Hunting Season Aug. 26 - Nov. 30
Hunting w/Dogs Allowed Sept. 9 - Nov. 1
Hunting with Bait* Aug. 26 - Sept. 21

* Bait may not be used to hunt for bear from September 23 to November 30. Hunting with the use of bait is defined as hunting from an observation stand, blind or other location which overlooks any bait or food; except standing crops and foods that have been left as a result of normal agricultural operations or natural occurrence. "Bear Bait" means any animal or plant, or derivative of an animal or plant, used to attract bear. "Bear bait" does not include any packaging or container materials that fall within the definition of litter under Title 17, § 2263.

Bait may not be used to hunt or trap black bear unless:

The bait is placed at least 50 yards from any travel way that is accessible by a conventional 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle;
The stand, blind, or bait area is plainly labeled with a 2 inch by 4 inch tag with the name and address of the baiter;
The bait is placed more than 500 yards from any dump or campground;
The bait is placed more than 500 yards from an occupied dwelling, unless written permission is granted by the owner or leasee;
The bait is placed not more than 30 days before the opening day of the season and not after October 31st;
The bait areas will be cleaned up by November 10th as defined by the State litter laws; and
The person hunting from any stand or blind of another person has permission of the owner of that stand or blind.
A permit is required from the Bureau of Parks and Lands (287-3821) to place bait on Public Reserved Land for the purpose of hunting bear. Baiting of animals is prohibited in State Parks and Historic Sites.