Wisconsin DNR: 2023 Bear Hunting Season Now Open

Posted on 9-07-2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that the 2023 bear hunting season opened on September 6th. The black bear is emblematic of the Northwoods and drawing the chance to hunt bear is a coveted opportunity.

The 2023 bear season is open now to October 10th, with specific regulations based on a hunter’s bear management zone. Hunters should know the management zone in which they are licensed to hunt and review the specific bear hunting regulations within that zone.

Zones A, B and D: Where Dogs are Permitted

Sept. 6th to Sept. 12th – With aid of dogs only.

Sept. 13th to Oct. 3rd – With aid of dogs, bait, and all other legal methods.

Oct. 4th to Oct. 10th – With aid of bait and all other legal methods but NOT using dogs.

Zones C, E and F: Where Dogs are Not Permitted

Sept. 6th to Oct. 10th – With aid of bait and all other legal methods, and NOT using dogs.

General information regarding how to hunt bear, regulations and hunting hours is available on the Wisconsin DNR’s Bear Hunting webpage.