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Hunting Opportunities: Black Bear

Black bears are Vermont's most reclusive big-game animal. They inhabit most of the state and are often encountered. Vermont has one of the most dense black bear populations in the country, approximately one bear for every three square miles. The population is in good health due to constant monitoring and some modifications in hunting regulations.

Bears may be hunted during a an early season and a late season. The limit is one bear per calendar year.

Hunting bears with the use of bait is prohibited. Bears may be taken with the aid of hounds, provided the person in charge of the dogs has a bear-dog permit, no more than six dogs are used, and no commercial guiding occurs.

The key to stalking bears is finding concentrated natural food sources in or near prime bear habitat. Early in the season, preferred foods include late-ripening berries, black cherries, and standing corn. As the season progresses, wild apples, beechnuts, and acorns become more important. Stalking bears in a stand of nut-rich beech trees half way up a mountain on a crisp October afternoon is one of hunting's most exciting challenges. The reward in terms of the meat it produces is also great. When properly prepared, bear meat compares favorable to pork.
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Bears require large tracts of undisturbed forest land and are most abundant in the Green Mountain and Northeast Kingdom regions.

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