Here are the details on the KY 2009 Bear Hunt
Framework for a Kentucky Black Bear Season

WHO MAY HUNT:
Only holders of a bear hunting permit may hunt black bears. All hunters must also possess a valid Kentucky hunting license in addition to a bear hunting permit. Only residents of Kentucky may hunt black bear.

AREAS OPEN TO BEAR HUNTING:
Harlan, Letcher and Pike Counties.

AREAS CLOSED TO BEAR HUNTING:
Hensley-Pine Mountain WMA.

BEAR HUNTING SEASON DATES:
Beginning the third Saturday in December and lasting for two (2) days.

LEGAL WEAPONS:
Archery, crossbow and firearm.

LEGAL HOURS:
One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

BAG LIMIT:
One bear per permitted hunter. It shall be illegal for any hunter to take a cub of the year (less than 75 pounds) or a female bear with cubs.

BAITING BEARS:
The use of bait shall be prohibited for hunting black bears.

USE OF DOGS:
The use of dogs for hunting black bears shall be prohibited, unless a hunter is tracking a wounded bear.

CHECKING REQUIREMENTS:
All successful hunters are required to tag and check their bear as follows:
• A black bear field tag shall be attached to the carcass prior to removing the bear from the place of kill.
• Successful hunters must report to a designated check station with the entire carcass before 8:00 PM the day of kill.
• If a hunter cannot reach a designated check station before 8:00 PM the day of kill, he or she must Telecheck the bear by midnight the day of kill to report the harvest.

SEASON CLOSURE:

The KDFWR will set a quota of 10 total bears or 5 individual female bears, whichever limit is reached first. Once the harvest rate is reached, the bear hunting season will be closed and it will be illegal for any person who possesses a bear hunting permit to continue hunting.
• All bear hunters must call 800-245-4263 after 9:00 PM each day to determine if the quota set by KDFWR has been met.

SALE OF BEAR PARTS:
Hunters may not sell the parts of any bear that has been killed in Kentucky.