Bear Hunting

Black bears once ranged across North America, including the entire area of what is now Oklahoma, but by the early 1900s, sightings had become rare. Factors like land use changes, unregulated hunting and habitat fragmentation caused black bear numbers to eventually decline drastically.

In the late 1900s, however, black bears began making a comeback in Oklahoma after the successful reintroduction of black bears in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. That initial relocation of about 250 bears from northern Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada, turned into thousands of bears in the mountains of Arkansas, which then expanded into southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

This successful reestablishment of black bears led to a renewed black bear hunting season in Arkansas in 1980.

Today bears have a growing population in southeast Oklahoma and are an important part of the state's wildlife diversity. Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have collected biological data mainly from bear surveys and research projects.

Bear Regulations

Black Bear Bio


HUNTING & SAFETY TIPS

Baiting Black Bears: Tips and Techniques
Locating Black Bears Without Using Bait
SOW vs BOAR - BLACK BEAR GENDER IDENTIFICATION MADE EASY!!!(Manitoba bear hunting)
Fall Bear Hunting Tips | Spot & Stalk and Bait Hunting
Prepare Now For Fall Black Bear Success
Firearm Safety

CLEANING & PROCESSING TIPS

How to Skin and Butcher a Black Bear with Steven Rinella - MeatEater
Black Bear 101 | Skinning and Processing | Part 1
How to field dress a bear

COOKING TIPS

How to Cook Bear: Field to Table Fundamentals Ep. 5
How to Cook Bear Meat in Bear Fat with Steven Rinella - MeatEater
How To Cook Black Bear | ROUGH COOKING RECIPE | CATCH CLEAN COOK