Tennessee Bear Harvest Looking Good

TN Wildlife Resource Agency, Bear Hunting Magazine

The preliminary black bear harvest results sent out by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency looks to have already surpassed last years entire season total. Two more segments of the season still remain.

Their records show that bear hunters in the state have already taken 385 bears in the 2011 hunting season. The total bear harvest from 2010 was 310. Of the 385 killed so far this season, 232 were males and 153 were females. Hunters have taken 302 bears with shotguns/rifles, 80 with archery equipment and three with muzzleloaders.

Wildlife Management Coordinators believe that the final harvest should surpass the second highest on record at 445, and do not rule out breaking the record harvest of 573, set back during the 2009 season.

Two bear seasons are scheduled for the remainder of 2011 and are open for all weapon types that are legal for hunting bear. A “still-hunting” season, without the use of dogs, will run from November 24-27, 2011. The final and longest portion of Tennessee’s 2011 bear hunting season will run from December 1-14, 2011 and is permitted for the use of dogs. For more information, check out the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org.

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