The 1999 hunting seasons mark the first year of a double tagging procedure for black bear in Montana. This year all black bear licenses are composed of a carcass tag and a hide tag. The carcass tag must be attached to the carcass of the bear and the hide tag must be attached to the hide.
Montana's 1999 black bear regulations state that "after each tag is properly validated the carcass tag must be attached to the carcass and the hide tag must be attached to the hide." Bear hunters should immediately validate the hide tag and attach it to the hide. The carcass tag, which has no validation slots, must be attached to the carcass upon removal of the hide.
Bear hunters are also reminded that no 1999 black bear licenses will be sold after August 31. Both the spring and fall black bear license purchase deadline instituted this year have been designed to help reduce illegal hunting of bears.