Bear hunting season

The Granite State’s bear season opened Sept. 1.

With bear season underway, Fish and Game is reminding hunters to be aware that more people are in the woods as summer winds down.

“Hunters are strongly encouraged to be prepared with back-up locations if their desired spot is busy with other outdoor enthusiasts during the 2021 black bear season,” Fish and Game officials said in a news release.

The Granite State’s bear season opened Sept. 1.

The 2020 New Hampshire bear hunting season achieved a historical high of 1,183, surpassing the previous record harvest of 1,053 bears in 2018.

All bear harvests must be reported to Fish and Game conservation officers within 12 hours. Hunters have the option of phone or digital notification.

Adult hunters (age 16 and older) must have a valid regular New Hampshire hunting, combination, or archery license, and a bear license and valid tag to hunt black bear. Youth hunters (under 16) do not need a regular NH hunting, combination, or archery license, but do need a bear license and valid tag.

People who would like to try bear hunting this fall and were unable to complete hunter education should consider the apprentice hunting license.

Call 603-271-3422 for more information.

Detailed information regarding the 2020 black bear seasons is available at https://wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/bear.html