The Bear Identification Program is intended to prevent the killing of grizzly bears as a result of mistaken identity. Black bear hunters in Montana are required to pass the Bear Identification test to obtain a black bear license.
Hunters must complete the program and have a validated certificate to purchase a black bear license. If purchasing your black bear license after the (April 15) spring or (August 31) fall deadline, there will be a 24–hour wait before you can use the license.
The test consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. You need to correctly answer 12 questions (80 percent) to obtain a certificate of completion; you may retake the test until a passing grade is obtained. You only need to pass the test once. There are two ways to complete the Bear ID program—by mail or online.