DEC Out With Bear Harvest Numbers

New York State bear hunters took 1,505 black bears during the 2019 hunting seasons, according to DEC. The 2019 bear harvest played out differently across the state. Hunters took a record 1,179 bears in the Southern Zone, while hunters in the Northern Zone took only 326 bears, the fewest since 2011. In part, the great success hunters enjoyed in the Southern Zone was a consequence of below average harvest in 2018 due to early snowfall and early denning by bears that year.