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Bear Season Dates

Detailed harvest information from previous years is available in the NH Wildlife Harvest Summary.


WMU Maps


2017 Bear Season Dates


Wildlife Management Units


General Season WMUs:  H2, K, L, M Sept. 1–Sept. 28
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, I2 Sept. 1 – Nov. 7
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2 Sept. 1 – Nov. 21
Baiting Season WMUs: G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, M Sept. 1 – Sept. 21
WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F Sept. 1 – Sept. 28
Dog Season WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2 Sept. 18 – Nov. 7
WMUs: H2, K, L, M Dog season CLOSED



Regional Bear Densities and Management Goals


Bears per Square Mile
Region 2016-2025 Management Goal Current Population Estimate Management Required
North 0.6 0.5 Increase
White Mountains 0.8 1.24 Decrease
Central 0.5 0.81 Decrease
Southwest-1 0.5 0.52 Stabilize
Southwest-2 0.5 0.47 Stabilize
Southeast 0.05 0.07 Stabilize
Statewide 0.52 0.68 Decrease