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Black Bear Hunting in NH


Black Bear, Duane Cross
NH Black Bear, by Duane Cross

The Granite State's bear season will officially open on Thursday, September 1, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement Division is ready to assist successful hunters with the registration of their bruins this year. All bear harvests must be reported to Fish and Game Conservation Officers (COs) within 12 hours of take, and to make this process more convenient and efficient for hunters, the following contact options will be available as of September 1:


  • Digital notification: Hunters can conveniently notify Conservation Officers electronically of their harvest by simply completing a few lines of personal information and initiating contact. You will be called as soon as possible by a CO in your area to schedule your bear's registration. Fill out the form to contact a CO electronically.


  • Phone notification: Hunters can call 603-271-3361, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to report their harvest. Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays, hunters should call 603-223-4381 to report their harvest. Once contact information has been furnished, a Conservation Officer in your area will contact you directly to initiate and schedule the harvest registration process.


Bear management objectives vary by region, and hunting opportunity has been expanded in some regions in an effort to stabilize bear population growth.


Baiting Bear


In addition to baiting for bear on private land, hunters may bait for bear on lands owned or managed by the Department, as well as the federal government, including the White Mountain National Forest. When baiting bear, no person shall have more than one active bait site within an individual trapping unit as described in 303.13(c). Learn more about hunting bear over bait.