Black Bear Hunting in NH

black bear by Duane Cross
N.H. black bear by Duane Cross

September 1 marks the start of the bear hunting season in New Hampshire. Bears may be hunted over bait, by stalking or with hounds. The statewide bear population appears relatively stable at an estimated 4,800 animals. The population is strong throughout the state and abundant hunting opportunities exist in most areas. Bear densities are relatively consistent with population management objectives in all of the state's six bear management regions. During the 2013 season, hunters took 569 bears in New Hampshire.


2013 Bear Season Dates
Method
Wildlife Management Units
Dates
General Season WMUs:  H2, K, L, M September 1 – September 21
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2 September 1 – November 12
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F September 1 – November 26
Baiting Season   WMUs: G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, M September 1 – September 21
WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F September 1 – September 28
Dog Season WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2 September 23 – November 12
WMUs: H2, K, L, M Dog season CLOSED


N.H. Bear Density Estimates and 2012 Harvest Distribution

Region

Bears per square mile

2012 Harvest

North

0.6

181

White Mountains

0.9

229

Central

0.7

264

Southwest-1

0.4

76

Southwest-2

0.4

57

Southeast

0.1

1

Statewide - TOTAL

0.6

808

Additional detailed harvest information is available in the N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary.


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