Black bear harvest data

Find the number of bears harvested in Massachusetts over the past nearly 2 decades.
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Preliminary harvest report for 2018 September season

For the September bear hunting season, licensed bear hunters reported a harvest of 145 bears; 72 reported as female, 72 as male, 1 unknown. This is down slightly from the 151 taken during the September season in 2017. 

2017 Harvest Report

During the three hunting seasons in 2017, a total of 268 bears were harvested. This represents the second highest total, just below the 283 bears taken in 2016. A breakdown by season is as follows:

  • First season (Sept. 5 – Sept. 23): 151
  • Second season (Nov. 6 – Nov. 25): 26
  • Shotgun season (Nov. 27 – Dec. 9): 91

Massachusetts black bear harvest by county

Year

Total

Berkshire

Franklin

Hampden

Hampshire

Middlesex

Worcester

2017

268

119

64

38

38

-

9

2016

283

106

57

65

42

1

12

2015

237

75

77

30

38

1

16

2014

240

78

56

51

43

4

8

2013

148

57

33

25

24

1

8

2012

185

47

56

39

36

1

6

2011

131

45

25

23

31

-

7

2010

144

57

42

16

26

-

3

2009

169

61

42

27

35

1

3

2008

100

41

24

9

23

-

3

2007

143

71

33

9

29

1

-

2006

148

76

32

17

18

-

5

2005

113

52

34

14

13

-

-

2004

146

56

30

33

27

-

-

2003

153

66

43

20

23

-

1

2002

116

50

27

21

17

-

1

2001

104

36

30

17

21

-

-

2000

81

33

21

9

18

-

-

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