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Sales of Bear Products by State
State Regulations

Black Bear Products

To the best of our knowledge, here is what we can and cannot sell in the following states and territories. The words "OK to sell" refers to our being able to ship the item to a buyer in the state.  There may be more restrictive regulations prohibiting the re-sale of the bear in the state by the buyer (i.e., you may be able to buy this for your den, but not able to sell it to someone else through your business).  Please contact your department of natural resources enforcement department before offering these hides for sale in your state.  We will not ship to states where we believe that it is illegal for us to do so. Please see our selection of realistic bear products as an alternative to real bear parts.

Please note that you are responsible to ensure that you can legally possess any wildlife products that you buy from us.

We accept no liability whatsoever for the accuracy of this information.  This webpage is a ready reference document for our internal use only.  If any errors are found in this list, we would appreciate hearing from you so we can verify the information and update it accordingly. 

We do not address hunting regulations in each state or the sale or raw or untreated hides, skins, or pelts.

Thank you.

APO (Army Post Office) - According to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent in upstate New York, we can ship to APO addresses as long as the final destination is still part of the U.S. (e.g., Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands , etc.).  If the parcel is going to another country (e.g., Afghanistan, Iraq or Germany ) we cannot ship to them without clearing USFWS first.  We will not ship to APO addresses in states that restrict the sale of black bear skins, claws, or skulls, e.g., California, etc. 080815

Alaska - OK to sell black bear skins, claws, and teeth.  Black bear gall bladders are prohibited. Last update: May 23, 2014.

Alabama - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Arizona - Ok to sell black bear products.

Arkansas - OK to sell "wild animals legally acquired outside the state and accompanied by verification."  Black bears from Arkansas are illegal to sell.  100104

California - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Connecticut - OK to sell black bear products.

Colorado - Ok to sell black bear products.

District of Columbia - Status unknown at this time.

Florida- OK for customers to buy for personal use, but not to sell in the state. Last update: June 24, 2010.

Georgia - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Guam- Status unknown at this time. 

Hawaii - OK to sell black bear products. Last reviwed August 2, 2010. 

Idaho - OK to sell black bear products.

Illinois - OK to sell black bear products.

Indiana - OK to sell black bear products.

Iowa - OK to sell black bear skins and claws.  The customer should keep a copy of the invoice from us stating where the article was legally obtained.

Kansas - OK to sell black bear products.

Kentucky - No sales of black bear products.

Louisiana - OK to sell black bear products.

Maine - OK to sell black bear products.

Maryland - OK to sell black bear products.

Massachusetts - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Michigan - OK to sell black bear skulls and hides only.  No claws or parts.

Minnesota - OK to sell black bear skins, skulls, teeth, claws.  May not sell gall bladders, or bear paws unless attached to the hide.  Last update:  March 13, 2009.

Mississippi - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products. Last update: August 12, 2010.

Missouri - OK to sell black bear products.

Montana - OK to sell black bear skins, teeth, claws, and parts as long as they were legally obtained. OK to re-sell in the state. Last update: September 29, 2010.

Nebraska - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Nevada - OK to sell black bear products.

New Hampshire - OK to sell head, hide, feet.  Legal to sell skins, skulls, claws.  Illegal to sell organs, meat, etc.

New Jersey - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

New Mexico - OK to sell black bear products.

New York - OK to sell black bear products, including skins, claws, teeth. OK to re-sell.

North Carolina - The North Carolina DNR states that it is okay to sell black bear products into North Carolina, but they cannot be offered for re-sale there.  For example, we can sell a black bear hide to individual for personal use, but not to a store to sell again.

North Dakota - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Ohio - OK to sell black bear products.

Oklahoma - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Oregon - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.  091221

Pennsylvania - OK to sell non-edible black bear products that originate in a state other than Pennsylvania. This includes tanned skins, claws, skulls, teeth. The sale of gall bladders is not permitted as these are considered edible products. 120508. PEC.

Puerto Rico - OK to ship black bear products.

Rhode Island - OK to sell black bear products, including skins, claws, teeth, skulls.

South Carolina - The South Carolina DNR states that it is okay to sell black bear products into South Carolina, but they cannot be offered for re-sale there.  For example, we can sell a black bear hide to individual for personal use, but not to a store to sell again.

South Dakota - No sales of black bear claws, teeth, or products. Someone called to report that it is legal to sell tanned black bear skins in South Dakota.  We will confirm this as time permits.  Last update: May 9, 2013.

Tennessee - The Tennessee DNR states that it is okay to sell black bear products into Tennessee, but they cannot be offered for re-sale there.  For example, we can sell a black bear hide to individual for personal use, but not to a store to sell again.

Texas - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Utah - OK to sell black bear skins.   No sales of claws, teeth, or gall bladders.  Skulls are legal if we have a permit showing who hunted it, the date, and place and if we can show a paper trail from where it came from to the seller.   Last update 070802.

Vermont - OK to sell black bear products.

Virginia - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Washington - OK to sell black bear skins with or without the claws, but cannot sell bear claws, bear gall bladders, bear skulls, or other parts.  091221.

West Virginia - No sales of black bear skins, claws, teeth, or products.

Wisconsin - OK to sell tanned skins or taxidermy rugs with or without the claws.  The sale of teeth, claws, and skulls is prohibited.

Wyoming - OK to sell black bear products.  The buyer in Wyoming must contact the game and fish department upon receipt for the purposes of securing an interstate game tag.  The cost in July 2008 was US$8.00.  Phone number is 307.777.4600.  Last update:  080703.

The sale to other states is subject to confirmation prior to shipping. 

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(Note to Chichester Staff:  See DNR in NAMES for further information by state.)