Bear Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

License and Permit needed:

  • Annual Hunting License (Hunting/Sportsman's/Disability/Senior)
  • Bear Permit

 

BEAR ZONES

Zone 1: McCreary, Bell, Harlan and Letcher County

Zone 2: Clinton, Jackson, Laurel, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Whitley, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Casey, Clark, Cumberland, Elliot, Estill, Fleming, Garrard, Greenup, Lee, Lewis

Archery & Crossbow

 

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zone 1
Season Dates:
Oct 28 2023 - Oct 30 2023
EITHER SEX

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Oct 28 2023 - Nov 1 2023
EITHER SEX

 


Chase-Only

 

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zones
Season Dates:
Jun 1 2023 - Aug 31 2023
EITHER SEX

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zones
Season Dates:
Sep 9 2023 - Sep 30 2023
EITHER SEX

 


Firearm

 

Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 1
Season Dates:
Dec 9 2023 - Dec 11 2023
EITHER SEX

Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Dec 9 2023 - Dec 13 2023
EITHER SEX

 


Hunt with Dogs

 

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zone 1
Season Dates:
Oct 23 2023 - Oct 27 2023
EITHER SEX

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Oct 23 2023 - Oct 27 2023
EITHER SEX

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Nov 2 2023 - Nov 10 2023
EITHER SEX

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