Applications for bear hunting can be turned in in the month of May. Those applying must choose a specific Black Bear Management Zone. To apply, go to mdc.mo.gov/buypermits between May 1-31. Fall bear hunting will start October 18 and last through the 27. Hunters will have a harvest limit of one bear per permit, and they can only take lone black bears. Harvested bears have to be Telechecked by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest. Residents can learn more about bear hunting at mdc.mo.gov/bearhunting.