Yes. For the 2019 season, all public land restrictions in McCreary County have been lifted. Except for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, which is a bear sanctuary and is closed to hunting, all public lands in McCreary County are available to archery and modern rifle seasons.
Bear management on private property is the responsibility of the owner. If you own bear habitat on public or private land and want to know more about managing bears in your area, check out McCreary County Wildlife Management Areas.
Here are some tips if you do decide to hunt bears on private property:
First, obtain permission from the property owner. Some landowners may allow bear hunting on their property, while others may have specific regulations they need you to follow. If in doubt, contact the property owner before you plan to hunt bears on their land.
Second, be sure to read any local ordinances or by-laws that may affect bear hunting on private property. Some communities may have rules prohibiting bear baiting or handling of food by humans, for example. Others may have special requirements for bear hunting tags or licenses. Be sure to check with the property owner first, but if there are no restrictions, you should be able to go ahead and plan your hunt.
Finally, know your terrain.
Except for migratory game birds, game animals and non-migratory game birds may be hunted with any lawful firearm. Rimfire ammunition (of any caliber) is not permitted to be used in the hunting of white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, or pronghorn. Muzzleloader deer seasons are solely for muzzleloading weapons. You must use a shotgun to hunt deer.
The type of gun you use is up to you, but remember that bigger is not always better when it comes to firearms. Make sure that you pick a weapon that is suitable for your size and strength before going out into the woods. A rifle is most likely the best choice for hunting large game such as deer or elk. A handgun is preferred for small game like pheasant or squirrel.
It is illegal to discharge a firearm within the city limits of all cities except Houston. In Houston it is only illegal at night when there is no moon. Discharging a firearm in an urban area can result in hefty fines and/or jail time.
In some states it is legal to shoot fish in a lake or stream to protect yourself from predators. But don't expect to get away with this practice in other states. Fish are protected by law and can cause serious injuries if they feel threatened.
Some states allow the shooting of feral pigs. This is done to control populations which can destroy habitat and spread disease.
The state Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that no black bear hunts may take place in the state until such a program was in place. Gov. With this announcement, Gov. Christie has effectively destroyed any hope of ever seeing a bear hunt in New Jersey.
Black bears are found in nearly all states except Hawaii and Alaska. In New Jersey, they can be found in many different parts of the state, especially near food sources such as fruit trees and honey stores. They usually avoid people, but if provoked will defend themselves with blows from their paws or teeth.
If you encounter a black bear, stay calm and back away slowly. If the bear approaches, stand your ground and make loud noises to scare it away from yourself and your children.
There are several ways to prevent encounters with black bears:
• Do not leave your garbage out overnight. Bear boxes are available for rental in some areas of the state. Place them where bears are likely to find them, such as under cover of darkness or near food sources.
• Keep pets inside at night. Bears become accustomed to human scent and will come looking for food whether you are home or not. This is why it is important to keep your house clean and your yard trimmed, so bears do not feel threatened and leave.
In Washington, over half of the property is controlled by the government and available to hunters and recreationalists. These lands are governed by either state or federal governments. The WDFW and WDNR oversee state-owned hunting properties. Public lands are also owned by Washington State Parks. Hunting is not permitted in state parks. However, hunters can use public land within their boundaries for recreation purposes.
Private landowners may allow people to hunt on their land but cannot prevent others from not hunting. If you ask your landowner if you can hunt on their property, they can say yes or no. Whether you can or cannot hunt on private land is up to them. They can charge a fee for access to hunt on their property though this is not common practice.
Hunters use vehicles such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles to track animals on their land. Hunters must be able to see the animal they are pursuing to be able to shoot it. Sometimes hunters use dogs to help find game. Dogs are allowed on public lands and in some cases on private lands too.
Deer are typically hunted with a rifle alone or in combination with a high-powered scope and earphones. Some hunters try to call deer into range with loud noises made from shotguns or air guns. This technique works well when hunting large areas.
Hunters should always wear appropriate clothing and equipment when out in the wilderness.
Much of Bear Brook State Park's eastern half is protected as a game refuge and is only allowed to bow hunting for deer. The game refuge area spans east from Podunk Rd. to the state park property line and north to Bear Brook. Hunters must use a passcode to enter the game refuge and are required to check in at a visitor center before heading out.
Bear Brook itself is open to all forms of hunting, including gunning, trapping, and fishing. A license is not required unless you plan to shoot a bear. If you do decide to take one down with your own hands, a license is necessary for the state fish and wildlife department. Bear meat is legal to sell in Massachusetts but only if it has been processed into sausage or other products within the last 24 hours. Selling uncooked bear meat is illegal.
Bear Brook is home to white-tailed deer, mink, beaver, and a variety of birds. Hunters are expected to clean up after themselves and try not to make a mess where others can't enjoy the outdoors. Bear Brook is also known for its wild mushrooms - especially the lion's mane mushroom - so be sure to pick some samples for cooking or research which ones are safe to eat.
There is a fee to hunt in Bear Brook State Park.