2018 Spring Black Bear Special Permit Hunts

The Department has identified the 2018 Spring Black Bear Special Permit Hunts.

Spring black bear special permits are typically used to address specific management needs, such as tree damage on industrial managed timberlands, human-bear conflict and damage, or to better distribute harvest.

Licensed Required: A valid big game hunting license and tag, which includes black bear as a species option, are required to apply and hunt for spring black bear.

Hunting Method: Hunters may use any legal weapon for hunting black bear.

Hunting with dogs and bait: Bait or hounds are not allowed for bear hunting (RCW 77.15.245).

Access: Hunters interested in hunting western Washington damage hunts should contact the appropriate WDFW Regional Office before submitting an application to find out what areas are open.

Bag limit: One black bear per special permit season. A bear taken during the permit season applies towards the annual two bear bag limit.

Only one black bear may be taken in eastern Washington during a license year.

Report requirement: Hunters will be required to report hunting activity for each special permit awarded in addition to their general season hunting activity report.

All successful black bear hunters statewide MUST submit a black bear premolar tooth per WACs 220-415-080 and 220-415-090. Tooth envelopes are available at all WDFW offices, and one should be included in your spring bear special hunt packet. The premolar tooth is located behind the canine tooth.

Additional Information: Hunters are urged not to shoot sows with cubs. Sows may be accompanied by cubs in the spring that tend to lag behind when traveling. Please observe and be patient before shooting.

General information and bear harvest statistics for specific GMUs can be found in WDFW’s Hunting Prospects.
 
Application Submission Period: January 2 through midnight February 28, 2018.

Hunt
Number
Hunt Name Hunt Area Permits Season Dates

7000

Sherman GMU 101 50 April 1 – June 15

7001

Kelly Hill GMU 105 50 April 1 – June 15

7002

Douglas GMU 108 40 April 1 – June 15

7003

Aladdin GMU 111 50 April 1 – June 15

7004

49 Degrees North GMU 117 100 April 1 – June 15

7005

Huckleberry GMU 121 100 April 1 – June 15

7006

Blue Creek GMU 154 15 April 15 – June 15

7007

Dayton GMU 162 15 April 15 – June 15

7008

Tucannon GMU 166 5 April 15 – June 15

7009

Wenaha GMU 169 45 April 15 – June 15

7010

Mt. View GMU 172 15 April 15 – June 15

7011

Lick Creek GMU 175 15 April 15 – June 15

7012

Couse GMU 181 4 April 15 – June 15

7013

Grande Ronde GMU 186 5 April 15 – June 15

7014

Kitsap GMU 627 5 April 15 – May 31

7015

Mason GMU 633 5 April 15 – May 31

7016

Bear River GMU 681 20 April 15 – May 31

7017

Long Beach* GMU 684 12 April 15 – May 31

7018

North Skagit That portion of GMU 418 designated as the hunt area by DNR, Sierra Pacific, Weyerhaeuser-Columbia Timber Lands, and Grandy Lake Timber Company. 30 April 15 – June 15

7019

Copalis GMU 642, 638, and 648 (excluding U.S. Forest Service lands). 50 April 15 – June 15

7020

Kapowsin** That portion of GMUs 653 and/or 654 that is designated as the hunt area by Hancock Forest Management and International Forestry. 150 April 15 – June 15

* Private lands; access is extremely limited. If you cannot secure access to private lands, do not apply for these hunts.

** Hunters selected for the Kapowsin Tree Farm hunt must purchase an access permit from the timber owner.