Black bears

Challenging bear season arrives

Early bear season is getting under way in parts of New York. This includes a season that runs from Sept. 7-22 in parts of Regions 3 and 4 in southeastern New York, as well as the traditional early season in Regions 5 and 6 that begins on Sept.14 and continues on into the early muzzleloading and regular big game season…

Barringer brings black bear bow slam to Classic

Bernie Barringer with the blonde black bear he arrowed to complete the black bear grand slam. (Photo courtesy of Bernie Barringer)The bear was on the modest side by most standards. But when one of the foremost black bear hunters in the world says the 250-pound bruin was the most remarkable bear he has ever shot, well, you wonder … What…

N.J. hunt culls 139 bears over 6 days, a steep drop from last year

(Photo by Windigo Images)TRENTON, N.J. — A total of 139 bears were killed during the first six-day period of New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, as expected a steep drop from last year’s total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned lands, removing roughly 40 percent of the lands where…

Is a hunt the answer when bears start getting bolder?

CANTON, Conn. — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When he went outside, he saw…