The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has identified the 2019 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.
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 online licensing system.
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.
About spring black bear hunts
License 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 Western Washington damage hunts should contact the appropriate WDFW Regional Office before submitting an application.
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 are 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.
Application Submission Period: January 2 through midnight February 28, 2019.
Hunt areas and dates
|Hunt Name||Hunt Area||Permits||Season
|2018 Apps/Avg Pts|
|7000||Sherman||GMU 101||50||April 1 – June 15||984 / 3.58|
|7001||Kelly Hill||GMU 105||50||April 1 – June 15||612 / 2.96|
|7002||Douglas||GMU 108||40||April 1 – June 15||389 / 2.83|
|7003||Aladdin||GMU 111||50||April 1 – June 15||592 / 2.9|
|7004||49 Degrees North||GMU 117||100||April 1 – June 15||896 / 2.83|
|7005||Huckleberry||GMU 121||100||April 1 – June 15||990 / 3.13|
|7006||Blue Creek||GMU 154||15||April 15 – June 15||425 / 5.67|
|7007||Dayton||GMU 162||15||April 15 – June 15||836 / 6.67|
|7008||Tucannon||GMU 166||5||April 15 – June 15||605 / 7.4|
|7009||Wenaha||GMU 169||45||April 15 – June 15||824 / 4.27|
|7010||Mt. View||GMU 172||15||April 15 – June 15||335 / 4.87|
|7011||Lick Creek||GMU 175||15||April 15 – June 15||335 / 4.8|
|7012||Couse||GMU 181||4||April 15 – June 15||40 / 2.75|
|7013||Grande Ronde||GMU 186||5||April 15 – June 15||66 / 3.4|
|7014||Kitsap||GMU 627||5||April 15 – May 31||126 / 2.8|
|7015||Mason||GMU 633||5||April 15 – May 31||157 / 1.6|
|7016||Bear River||GMU 681||20||April 15 – May 31||142 / 2.45|
|7017||Long Beach*||GMU 684||12||April 15 – May 31||74 / 2|
|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||665 / 4.33|
|7019||Copalis||GMU 642, 638, and 648 (excluding U.S. Forest Service lands).||50||April 15 – June 15||289 / 2.16|
|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||400 / 2.14|
* 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.