Missouri’s Second-Ever Black Bear Season is Underway

(Bixby) A select number of Missouri residents, who were lucky enough to get their name drawn, are taking part in the Show-Me State’s second-ever black bear hunt right now.

The season’s last day is Wednesday, October 26th.

However, Iron County conservation agent Sarah Ettinger-Dietzel says the black bear season could close earlier.

We asked Ettinger-Dietzel if anyone harvested a bear in Iron County during last year’s inaugural season.

She says if you are lucky enough to bring down a black bear, you’ve got a hunting story to tell for the rest of your life.

400 black bear hunting permits were awarded for this current black bear hunt. 200 permits were issued for Zone 1 which has a harvest quota of 20 bears.

150 permits were issued for Zone 2 with a quota of 15 bears and for Zone 3, 50 hunting permits were issued with a quota of 5 bears allowed to be harvested.

Iron County and other counties in the listening area are all a part of Zone 2 for this black bear hunting season in Missouri.