Frequent question: Where can you hunt bears in Kentucky?

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and Hensley-Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area are each closed to all bear hunting. Only portions of wildlife management areas within the Bear Zone are open to bear hunting.

How do you hunt a black bear in Kentucky?

The hunt is open to any Kentucky resident who has a valid bear hunting permit and hunting license. Successful hunters must take their bear to one of the check-in stations set up in each of the open counties.

Can you shoot bear in KY?

Are non-residents hunters allowed to bear hunt in Kentucky? Yes. Non-resident hunters may take part in the archery or firearms seasons. Non-resident hunters may not take part in the chase-only or quota hunt with dogs seasons.

How much is a bear tag in Kentucky?

License and Permit Fees

LICENSE / PERMIT Resident Nonresident
Bear Permit $30.00 $250.00
Youth Bear Permit $10.00 Not available
Bear Chase Permit $30.00 Not available

Are black bears protected in Kentucky?

Black bears are protected in Kentucky.

Is bear season still in?

Bear Hunting Regulations

General bear season opens concurrently with general deer season in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 deer hunting zones and extends through December 26, 2021.In the remaining deer hunting X zones, bear season begins October 19, 2021, and extends through December 26, 2021.

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Were there ever grizzly bears in Kentucky?

Welsh cave in Kentucky yields grizzly bear fossils dating to about 12,000 BP. This is the easternmost known occurrence of this species.

What does bear meat taste like?

Bear meat tastes quite similar to venison. However, it’s relatively sweeter. As compared to old bears, the meat of younger bears has a milder flavor.

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