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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

Method

Wildlife Management Units

Dates

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