Hunters In Kentucky Have Expanded Harvest Area For Black Bears
Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and seasons in which
they may attempt to harvest a black bear. The new season structure expands the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with
dogs. The change that affects most hunters is that persons may hunt
bears now in Wayne County and 15 other counties including Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, McCreary,
Perry, Pike, Pulaski and Whitley counties.

Another change for this year is the creation of a separate archery
crossbow season. This season will take place from Nov. 23 through
Dec. 1. The quota for this hunt is 10 bears or five female bears,
whichever limit hunters reach first. The season will close if the limit is reached.

Successful archery and crossbow hunters must telecheck their bears
by 8 p.m. on the day of harvest. Hunters also must call the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources within 24 hours to arrange
for an employee to check the bear.

Dates for the existing modern gun season remain unchanged. Hunters may use modern firearms, muzzle loaders, bows or crossbows. This year's hunt will take place Dec. 14-16 and remain open until a quota of 10 bears or 5 female bears is reached, whichever limit hunters reach first. All bear seasons are closed the day after a quota is met. The bear quota hunt with dogs will take place from Dec. 23-27, or until the annual quota of five bears is reached. Hunters are not allowed to take female bears with young or bears weighing less than 75 pounds during any season. Bears may not be hunted over bait or in area where bait has been present for at least 30 days. All bear hunting activities are prohibited at the Big South Fork Nat'l River and Recreation Area.

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