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Bear Season Dates & Density Estimates

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

 

WMU Maps

 

2021 Bear Season Dates

Method

Wildlife Management Units

Dates

General Season
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, M Sept. 1 – Nov. 9
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2 Sept. 1 – Nov. 30
Baiting Season
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, M Sept. 1 – Sept. 28
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2 Sept. 1 – Oct. 5
Dog Season WMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2 Sept. 20 – Nov. 9
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 0.77 Decrease
White Mountains 0.8 0.81 Stabilize
Central 0.5 0.70 Decrease
Southwest-1 0.5 0.62 Decrease
Southwest-2 0.5 0.79 Decrease
Southeast 0.05 0.14 Decrease
Statewide 0.52 0.67 Decrease