As season set to open with dogs Sept. 4, hunters reminded bear management zones to remain unchanged for 2019
Wisconsin bear hunters should be aware that bear management zones remain unchanged for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The DNR Bear Advisory Committee developed the Wisconsin Black Bear Management Plan 2019-2029 and the Natural Resources Board approved it in May. New management zones defined in the plan are scheduled to go into effect in 2021. The plan provides a concise and informative overview of black bear ecology and management in Wisconsin and includes goals and objectives that will guide bear management over the next decade.
Of interest to hunters, the plan recommends new Bear Management Zone boundaries, which are designed to better address issues with agricultural damage and allow a more flexible approach to managing bears in the central and southern portions of the state.
Those interested in learning more about the proposed boundary changes are encouraged to review the Wisconsin Black Bear Management Plan.
This season begins with aid of dogs only for Zones A, B and Zone D and runs from Sept. 4-10. The season is open to aid by dog or bait Sept. 11 through Oct. 1 and Oct. 2-8 is open to aid of bait. Zone C where dogs are not not permitted is open to bait sitters from Sept. 4 through Oct. 8.
For more information on bear hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “bear.”