Missouri Department of Conservation Considering Bear Hunting Season

by: Bailey Strohl, Ozarks First

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing a very limited and highly regulated black bear hunting season in Missouri.

If the season is approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission it could occur as soon as the fall of 2021.

These regulations would include:

  • Season dates and limits
  • Hunting methods
  • Bear management zones
  • Bear hunting permits
  • Permit application process

This updated black bear management plan will include using research to inform management decisions, increase statewide awareness of the bear population and minimizing and addressing human-bear conflict as the population grows, according to the MDC.

MDC would like to hear from the public about the proposed hunting season for black bears by taking a survey. The MDC is asking for your input until June 5. You can also learn more information about the proposed black bear hunting season here.


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