Fri Jul 31 00:00:00 MDT 1998Hunters__if you are planning on heading afield in Montana for some black bear hunting this fall, TAKE NOTE:
- no 1998 black bear licenses will be sold after August 31 (the 1998 fall season begins on September 15 in most hunting districts).
Both the spring (licenses had to be purchased by April 14) and fall black bear license purchase deadlines instituted this year have been designed to reduce illegal hunting of bears.
In the past, black bear licenses could be purchased by both residents and nonresident hunters anytime during the year. That being the case, hunters could simply stop by a Fish, Wildlife & Parks office or license agent and buy a black bear license, even if a season, either spring or fall, had already begun. However, now those licenses need to be purchased before the seasons begin.
Nonresident hunters hoping to hunt black bears in Montana this fall and planning to arrive after August 31 may call Fish, Wildlife & Parks (406) 444_2535 and request applications for purchasing their 1998 black bear licenses through the mail. FWP officials ask that nonresident hunters wishing to purchase 1998 black bear licenses by mail request license applications as soon as possible and allow three weeks for processing their applications.