Spring black bear special permit hunts

Black bear foraging
A black bear forages in the spring.

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
Number
Hunt Name Hunt Area Permits Season
Dates
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.