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. It is also unlawful to hunt over supplemental feed barrels (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
2017 Apps/Avg Pts
7000 Sherman GMU 101 50 April 1 – June 15 834 / 4.3
7001 Kelly Hill GMU 105 50 April 1 – June 15 525 / 3.5
7002 Douglas GMU 108 40 April 1 – June 15 384 / 2.23
7003 Aladdin GMU 111 50 April 1 – June 15 492 / 2.84
7004 49 Degrees North GMU 117 100 April 1 – June 15 778 / 3.11
7005 Huckleberry GMU 121 100 April 1 – June 15 809 / 2.7
7006 Blue Creek GMU 154 15 April 15 – June 15 405 / 5.07
7007 Dayton GMU 162 15 April 15 – June 15 763 / 4.8
7008 Tucannon GMU 166 5 April 15 – June 15 501 / 2.6
7009 Wenaha GMU 169 45 April 15 – June 15 656 / 4.24
7010 Mt. View GMU 172 15 April 15 – June 15 290 / 4.73
7011 Lick Creek GMU 175 15 April 15 – June 15 325 / 4.07
7012 Couse GMU 181 4 April 15 – June 15 47 / 4.25
7013 Grande Ronde GMU 186 5 April 15 – June 15 61 / 3.2
7014 Kitsap GMU 627 5 April 15 – May 31 135 / 2.6
7015 Mason GMU 633 5 April 15 – May 31 168 / 4
7016 Bear River GMU 681 20 April 15 – May 31 116 / 1.95
7017 Long Beach* GMU 684 12 April 15 – May 31 108 / 1.75
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 15 635 / 4.6
7019 Copalis GMU 642, 638, and 648 (excluding U.S. Forest Service lands). 50 April 15 – June 15 208 / 1.58
7020 Kapowsin** That portion of GMUs 653 and/or 654 that is designated as the hunt area by Hancock Forest Management - Hampton and Olympic Resource Management 150 April 15 – June 15 443 / 2.11

* 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.