MDC LUCAS BOND INTERVIEWS THE HUNTER WHO HARVESTED THE FIRST BEAR IN THE STATES FIRST-EVER BEAR HARVEST.
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation update information in Missouri’s first state-sanctioned bear season. The 400 hunters were chosen in a random draw this past summer out of 6,000 applicants who paid $10 each. The bear season will end the 27th.
- Many misconceptions being spread about this highly-controlled Missouri Department of Conservation.
- FACT: It is limited. There can only be a total of 40 bears that can be taken in the 10 days ending Oct 27.
- FACT: There is a limited number of hunters (400) chosen at random from those who applied.
- FACT: Half the state is not participating in the hunt, north of the Missouri River, is off limits to all hunters.
Permit and harvest quotas Oct. 18-27
- BMZ 1: Permit quota of 200 issued with a harvest quota of 20 bears.
- BMZ 2: Permit quota of 150 issued with a harvest quota of 15 bears.
- BMZ 3: Permit quota of 50 issued with a harvest quota of 5 bears.
Hunting hours will be 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. MDC says firearms and archery will be allowed. Baiting and the use of dogs will not be allowed.
- One bear per limit
- Only lone bears can be taken
- Hunters cannot take bears that are known to be in the presence of others bears, including female black bears with cubs
- Do not disturb, push, harass, or take bears from a den
Hunters must wear hunter orange, make reasonable efforts to retrieve shot bears, and may not leave or abandon commonly edible portions.
MDC says all harvested bears must be telechecked by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest and must remain intact as a field-dressed carcass or quartered until the bear has been telechecked. MDC will also require the submission of a tooth from each harvested bear within 10 days of harvest. MDC says this will help with black bear research and management.
“Hunters who are issued permits must call MDC each day before they intend to hunt to determine if the BMZ-specific quota has been reached. If harvest quotas are not reached, the season will close at the end of the 10 designated hunting days,” the release states.
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