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Black Bear

Black bears hold a special position in the ecosystem of Ontario, and their populations are carefully guarded through measures of adaptive management and selective harvesting. Current populations are healthy and hunt-able, one of the largest populations in North America.

Black bear hunts begin in mid-August to mid-September and end in November. Male black bears range from 250 to 600 pounds (114 to 272 kg), females from 100 to 400 pounds (45.4 to 182 kg) making these animals formidable quarry. Dispatching a trophy bruin is not only a matter of matching brawn, but also wits. The black bear’s intense sense of smell and hearing make them ideal for the careful hunter, those looking for a challenge and a truly impressive trophy.


  • All black bear hunters hunting during the black bear season are required to wear hunter orange except when in a tree stand.
  • Hounds must be licensed and all licences and regulations (as per the Ontario Hunting Regulation Summary) must be met.
  • Non-resident black bear hunters are warmly welcomed in Ontario but required to contract the services of a licensed (by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) tourist outfitter, guide or air operator.
  • Get more information about black bears and hunting this species in Ontario.


Hunter scoping the landscape with binoculars.


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Black bear in the forest.


Please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667) and report hunting or fishing out of season, or any other abuse of our natural resources.