Conservation Commission approves MDC bear-hunting framework

MDC will recommend harvest and permit quotas in spring 2021 with possible first season in October 2021

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently gave final approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the state’s first black bear hunting season framework.

The Commission finalized the hunting season framework and related regulations at its Dec. 11 open meeting in Jefferson City.

The approved framework limits any future bear hunting to areas of southern Missouri and restricts bear hunting to Missouri residents only.

The next step to Missouri’s first bear season will be MDC presenting recommendations to the Commission in the spring of 2021 for a potential initial permit quota and harvest quota. 

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