FRANKFORT – Bear hunters in Kentucky will have the opportunity again in December to harvest a bear using dogs.
The bear quota hunt with dogs season is a split season. Initially open for two days in November, the season continues for two days in December if the quota has not been met.
The quota of five bears was not met during the November hunt; only two were harvested. As a result, the quota hunt with dogs season will continue Dec. 19 – 20, when three bears of either sex may be taken over both days. If all three bears are taken on Dec. 19, then the season will be closed on Dec. 20.
Bear hunters must call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s general information number at 1-800-858-1549 after 9 p.m. Dec. 19 to check if the harvest quota has been reached.
Unless license exempt, hunters must purchase a bear permit and a bear chase permit or junior bear chase permit, in addition to an annual hunting license. Bear chase permits are available for purchase online at fw.ky.gov. Hunters must telecheck their bears by 8 p.m. EST. Hunters also must call 1-800-858-1549 within 24 hours of harvest to arrange for a physical check of the animal and receive a tag. A hunter shall not harvest more than one bear in a license year.
Hunters may read about all equipment, licensing, hunter education and youth supervision laws, and find a map of the bear hunting zone in the 2015-16 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide, available wherever hunting licenses are sold and online at fw.ky.gov.