Georgia wildlife managers would move the Middle Georgia black bear hunting season from November to December under proposed hunting rules for the next two years.
The open hunt would happen the second Saturday in December. In other respects, the controversial bear hunt would remain the same: an open season on private land in Houston, Twiggs and Bibb counties.
The first open season on the Middle Georgia black bear population was held two years ago, with an estimated 10 percent of the population being killed, almost all near Tarversville in TwiggsCounty. Half of the 34 bears killed were female. In 2012, with game managers aggressively enforcing hunting regulations, 14 bears were harvested. Both years, multiple bears were killed illegally, and 52 percent of those harvested were female.