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Bear - General Regulations
Resident and Nonresident Bear Hunting License Privileges
To hunt black bear, hunters must possess one of the following valid license combinations: resident (Classes X+DS, Classes XJ+DS, Classes AB-L+DS, Classes A-L+DS, Classes A+CS+DS or Classes Q+CS+DS); or nonresident (Classes EE+DS+CS/LE); or a free license (Military, Disabled Veteran, former POW or Senior Citizen). Underage residents and resident landowners may hunt bear without a license.
Additional licenses must be purchased:
It is illegal to:
Field Tagging, Checking and Transporting
Each person killing a bear must, within one hour and before moving the carcass from where it was killed, complete and attach a game field tag. This tag must bear the hunter's name, address, hunting license number (if required) and the date, time and county of the kill. The field tag must remain on the carcass until it is dressed for consumption.
A person killing a bear must, within 24 hours after the kill, transport the bear or its fresh skin to a conservation officer or an official game checking station for retagging. A checking tag must be affixed to the bear before any part of it may be transported more than 75 miles from the point of kill, and shall remain on the skin until it is tanned or mounted.
Penalties For Chapter 20 Bear Law Violations
These penalties are not subject to suspension by the court.
$1,000 to $5,000 fine or 30 to 100 days in jail, or both. Also includes suspension of hunting and fishing licenses for two years.
$2,000 to $7,000 fine or 30 days to one year in jail, or both. Also includes suspension of hunting and fishing licenses for life.
FELONY -- $5,000 to $10,000 fine or 1 to 5 years in prison, or both.
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