Spring black bear hunters are reminded that they must be purchased by April 14. Black bear licenses purchased after that date can be used only to hunt bears during the 1999 fall season; they cannot be used anytime during the spring season.
The spring black bear hunting season opens April 15.
In addition, no 1999 black bear licenses will be sold after August 31. The 1999 fall season begins on September 15 in most, but not all, hunting districts.
The spring and fall black bear license purchase deadlines are designed to reduce illegal hunting of bears.
Nonresident hunters wanting to hunt black bears in Montana this spring and planning to arrive after April 14 may call Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-444-2535 to request a mail in application. Nonresident hunters wishing to purchase a spring 1999 black bear hunting license should make their requests now and allow three weeks for processing. Hunters may also download applications from FWP's Website at http://fwp.state.mt.us and look for the 1999 Nonresident Miscellaneous Application. Hunters may receive faxed copies of applications by calling 406-442-7501 and paying for this service.