Bear Hunting Laws

Many different types of bears are legal to hunt in the United States of American. However, there are many different laws and regulations in place when it comes to bear hunting. Thanks to the complex legal society in America you’ll find that laws vary between states and for different types of bears. It’s generally a good idea to find out all the laws and regulations prior to going on a bear hunt. The penalties and fines for breaking laws regarding to hunting, especially bears can be severe.

Bear Hunting LawsEach state that you hunt bear in will require a hunting license and a special permit to hunt a specific type of bear. Your permit will allow you to hunt a specific gender and bear species. This is done to protect bear populations through the United States and helps fund conservation in that state. Failure to hunt the proper species or gender can result in heavy fines and in some instances jail time.

You’ll need to make sure you know all the laws regarding bear hunting in the state you plan to hunt in. For example, in Alaska to hunt specific types of bears as a non-resident you need to have a guide present. Below is a list of each states official website in regards to hunting, permits, licenses and laws. It’s a good idea to go over this list since some states have some odd laws.

Bear Hunting Law Resources

The below list is of every single state’s wildlife division or department. These websites are run by the states government, so you can be assured you’ll get the correct information and most up to date information. You should also contact that department via phone to make sure there isn’t anything else you’ll need prior to starting your trip. Wouldn’t it be a sour apple if you arrived on your trip to find out you don’t have a proper permit and it will take 3 weeks to obtain it!

  • AlabamaAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • AlaskaAlaska Department of Fish and Game
  • ArizonaArizona Game and Fish Department
  • ArkansasArkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Fish and Game
  • ColoradoColorado Division of Wildlife
  • ConnecticutConnecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • DelawareDelaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • FloridaFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • GeorgiaGeorgia Wildlife Resources Division
  • HawaiiDepartment of Land and Natural Resources
  • IdahoIdaho Fish and Game
  • IllinoisIllinois Department of Natural Resources
  • IndianaIndiana Department of Natural Resources
  • KansasKansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • KentuckyKentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
  • LouisianaLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • MaineMaine Hunting Information
  • MarylandMaryland Department of Natural Resources
  • MassachusettsMassachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MichiganMichigan Natural Resources & Environment
  • MinnesotaMinnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • MississippiMississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  • MissouriMissouri Department of Conservation
  • MontanaMontana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • NebraskaNebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • NevadaNevada Department of Wildlife
  • New HampshireNew Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • New JerseyNew Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • New MexicoNew Mexico Department of Wildlife
  • New YorkNew York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • North CarolinaNorth Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • North DakotaNorth Dakota Game and Fish Department
  • OhioOhio Department of Natural Resources
  • OklahomaOklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • OregonOregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Game Commission
  • Rhode Island - Rhode Island Department of Environmental Manafgement
  • South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • South DakotaSouth Dakota Division of Wildlife
  • TennesseeTennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • TexasTexas Parks and Wildlife
  • UtahUtah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • VermontVermont Fish and Wildlife Department
  • VirginiaVirginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • WashingtonWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • West VirginiaWest Virginia Wildlife Resources
  • WisconsinWisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • WyomingWyoming Game and Fish Department