Summary of fall black bear hunting seasons

The following is a  summary of the 2020 fall black bear hunting season around the state. For more information, see the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet

Black Bear Management Unit

Season

Hunt Area

Coastal

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530, 601, 602, 603, 607-621, 636-651, 658-663, 672-684

Puget Sound

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 407, 454, 624, 627, 633, 652, 666, 667

North Cascades

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 418, 426-450, 460

South Cascades

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 466, 485*, 503, 505, 510-520, 524, 550-574, 653, 654

Okanogan

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 203, 209-243

East Cascades

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 244-247, 249-251, 328, 329-368, 382, 388, 578

Northeastern A

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 101-121, 204

Northeastern B

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 124-130

Blue Mountains

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 145-154, 162-186

Columbia Basin

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260-290, 371-381

Long Island

Aug. 1 - Nov. 15, 2020

GMU 699**

Notes
* Only hunters drawn for a quality deer or elk permit in GMU 485 may hunt black bear in this unit.
** Archery only.

Regulations

Bag Limit: Two black bear per annual hunting season.

License Required: A valid big game hunting license, which includes black bear as a species option, is required to hunt black bear. One black bear transport tag is included with a big game hunting license that has black bear as a species option. A second black bear transport tag must be purchased to take a second bear.

Hunting Method: Hunters may use any lawful big game modern firearm, archery, or muzzleloader equipment for hunting black bear. The use of hounds and bait to hunt black bear is prohibited statewide.

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).

Bear identification Program: Successful completion of the Black Bear Identification test is required for hunting black bear in GMUs 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117, 203, 204, 209, 215, 418, and 426. The test can be taken through the department’s Wild system at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.

Submitting Biological Samples and Bear Teeth: Successful bear hunters must comply with harvest reporting and submission of biological samples including the black bear premolar tooth located behind the canine tooth of the upper jaw. Failure to comply with the submission of bio-logical samples is a misdemeanor pursuant to RCW 77.15.280.

Area Restriction: Special deer permit required to hunt black bear in GMU 485. GMUs 410 and 422 are closed for black bear hunting. Hunters that choose to hunt in GMUs located in grizzly bear recovery areas, as identified by the department, must successfully complete the WDFW on-line bear identification test or equivalent test from another state and carry proof of successful completion.

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.