Black bears can be found throughout Oregon. Both fall and spring hunting opportunities are available.
Features: Oregon is home to an estimated 25,000-30,000 black bears, which is North America’s most common bear species. They are the only type of bear found in Oregon. Despite their name, black bears are often brown in color.
Habitat: Black bears are found statewide, with concentrations in the Coast and Cascade ranges and the Blue Mountains.
Techniques: Oregon offers a controlled spring season (apply by Feb. 10) and a general fall season. Glassing open areas where bears are feeding on grass and shrubs works early spring season. Later in the season, some hunters turn to predator calls. Most fall bears are taken while hunters are after other species like deer and elk.
Header photo by Jim Smith