Black Bear Hunting Season in Missouri (2021)
MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee outlines details of the first black bear hunting season in Missouri (Oct 18-27, 2021).
Black bears are becoming more common and widespread across the southern half of Missouri. The Conservation Department has determined that the state’s bear population can sustain a limited and highly regulated harvest. This provides opportunity for Missourians to participate in the sustainable harvest of a valuable natural resource, while also allowing for the bear population to continue to grow. Additionally, as bear numbers continue to increase, hunting will serve as an essential component of black bear population management.