3rd year of bear hunt begins December 10th

The third year of bear hunting season begins on December 10th.

That’s a week earlier and there is another big change this year.

Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters can no longer take a bear from a den.

Other than that, officials say everything else will remain the same.

The hunt is open to any Kentucky resident and there is a limit of one bear per hunter.

Wildlife Bilogist Jayson Plaxico says he expects a bigger turn out this year now that the season has been moved up.

"The weather has been bad. Big snow storms arrived. So this year we moved it up a little to give people the opportunity to get where the bears are,” Plaxico said.

Bear season is only open in Pike, Letcher, and Harlan Counties.

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