Black bear harvest data

Find the number of bears harvested in Massachusetts over the past nearly 2 decades.
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2018 Preliminary black bear harvest report

During the three hunting seasons in 2018, a total of 201 bears were harvested. This represents a drop from the 270 bears taken in 2017 and record of 283 bears taken in 2016. A breakdown by season is as follows:

  • First season (Sept. 4 – Sept. 22): 150
  • Second season (Nov. 5 – Nov. 24): 26
  • Shotgun season (Nov. 26 – Dec. 8): 25

 The September and November seasons were virtually identical in 2017 (151 and 26) and 2018. The big decrease in harvest in 2018 was during the Shotgun season. Bears were active very late in 2017, resulting in a high Shotgun season harvest, 91 bears taken. The lack of hard mast in 2018 saw bears enter their dens early which resulted in a corresponding reduction in the Shotgun season harvest, with only 25 bear taken.

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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