Kenai Peninsula is well known for its abundance of black bears. According to the
ADF&G, approximately 3,000 black bears call the Kenai home. Bears are dispersed
throughout the Kenai but are more abundant in the remote coastal regions of GMU
There is no closed season for black bears in GMU 7 & 15 and hunters can harvest two bears per regulatory year. However, only one bear may be harvested from January 1st through June 30th and one bear from July 1st through December 31st. Historically, hunter success rates are higher during the spring season, specifically the month of May.
The harvest of male and female bears is permitted. However, as with brown bears, taking males bears is encouraged. Evidence of sex and sealing within 30 days is required. The harvest of cubs and female bears with cubs is prohibited.