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Part 1, Section 1.31 - Hunting Black Bear - Express Terms Adopted August 6, 2014

Express Terms

Amend subdivision 6 NYCRR 1.31 (b) as follows:

(b) "Bear hunting seasons." Bears may be taken only during the open seasons and areas listed below:

(1) Regular bear seasons:

Bear Range Season Dates Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)
Northern 44 consecutive days beginning on the 2nd Saturday after Columbus Day 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, [and that part of WMU 6K east of Route 26] 6K, and 6N
Southern 23 days beginning on the 3rd Saturday in November 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y
October 1 to December 31 3S

(i) Legal implements for regular bear season are the same as for regular deer season.

(ii) Black bear may only be taken by longbow in Westchester County (WMU 3S), and in WMUs 4J and 8C.

(2) Early bear season:

Bear Range Season Dates Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)
Northern First Saturday after the second Monday in September through the Friday immediately preceding the Northern muzzleloading bear season 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6H, and 6J [, and that part of WMU 6K east of Route 26]
Southern First Saturday after Labor Day for 16 days 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3P, 3R, 4P, and 4R

(i) Legal implements for early bear season are the same as for regular bear season.

(3) Bowhunting bear seasons:

Bear Range Season Dates Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)
Northern [September 27] First Saturday after the second Monday in September through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, [and that part of WMU 6K east of Route 26] 6K, and 6N
Southern Early Season: October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding regular season;
Late Season: nine days immediately following the regular season
3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y

(i) Any person who hunts or takes bear during bowhunting season must possess a license and carcass tag valid to hunt big game granting special bowhunting season privileges.

(ii) Any person participating in the bowhunting bear hunting season may not have in his or her possession, or be accompanied by a person who has in his or her possession, any hunting implement other than a legal longbow.

(4) Muzzleloading bear seasons:

Bear Range Season Dates Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)
Northern Seven consecutive days beginning on the 1st Saturday after Columbus Day 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, [and that part of WMU 6K east of Route 26] 6K, and 6N
Southern Nine consecutive days immediately following the regular season 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y

(i) Any person who hunts or takes bear during muzzleloading season must possess a license and carcass tag valid to hunt big game granting special muzzleloading season privileges.

(ii) Any person participating in the muzzleloading bear hunting season may not have in his or her possession, or be accompanied by a person who has in his or her possession, a firearm other than a muzzleloading firearm which is lawful for taking big game.