Hunters pursuing black bears in units 33 or 39 are reminded that the black bear season ends on June 15 this year in these units. A glance at the 2019 big game rule book might lead a hunter to a different conclusion.
Both fall and spring black bear seasons are included in any particular big game rule book. As such, the 2017/2018 big game rule book remains in force for black bear hunting during the spring of 2019.
Confusion is possible because black bear seasons in these two units have been extended to the end of June beginning in the spring of 2020. This season change is reflected in the new 2019/2020 big game rule book which becomes effective this fall, but is not currently in force.
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