Black Bear Hunting in NH

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

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.

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Bear Management Options - Northeast Black Bear Tech Committee


2014 Bear Season Dates
Method
Wildlife Management Units
Dates
General Season WMUs:  H2, K, L, M Sept. 1–Sept. 28
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, I2 Sept. 1 – Nov. 11
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2 Sept. 1 – Nov. 25
Baiting Season   WMUs: G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, M Sept. 1 – Sept. 21
WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F Sept. 1 – Sept. 28
Dog Season WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2 Sept. 22 – Nov. 11
WMUs: H2, K, L, M Dog season CLOSED


N.H. Bear Density Estimates and 2013 Harvest Distribution

Region

Bears per square mile

2013 Harvest

North

0.6

108

White Mountains

1.0

167

Central

0.8

185

Southwest-1

0.6

70

Southwest-2

0.6

36

Southeast

0.1

4

Statewide - TOTAL

0.6

570

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


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