A flourishing black bear population and a newly established early season gives hunters additional opportunities to hunt black bear in New York.
The NYS DEC took a proactive approach to managing the State’s black bear population with the addition of an early black bear season in select WMUs for 2014. The early bear hunting season started on September 6th in portions of Southeastern New York and September 13th in Northern New York
Some of the highlights to the new plan include:
- A new early firearms bear season from September 6-21 in WMUs 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3P, 3R, 4P, and 4R. Any hunting implement, including crossbows, are legal for use during the early black bear season.
- Expanded bear hunting in northern New York which now includes WMUs 6A, 6G, 6K and 6N. In these newly opened units, bear hunting begins with bowhunting equipment only from September 13 through October 17.
The downside with the early season bear hunting is the heat – opening day had temperatures in the mid to high 80s with high humidity. Bear hunters will have to skin their harvest as quickly as possible to cool the meat and prevent spoilage. Hunters might also want to skin and quarter the bear in the field and packing out the meat in game bags.
Here’s a video from one successful hunter during this years early black bear season: