Black bear hunting season closed May 15 in most 100, 200, and 300 series bear management areas. Black bear hunting closed earlier in bear management areas where hunting quotas were met.
Black bear hunting continues until May 31 in the following bear management areas: 240, 216, 301, 317, 319, the 400 series, and 580. For hunters with validated licenses, bear hunting continues until May 31 in bear management areas 103,106, and 107. Bear management areas 316 and portions of 341 will remain open until June 15.
A portion of bear management unit 341, the Gallatin closed-area, is closed to all black bear hunting and serves as a buffer zone next to Yellowstone National Park. Deckard Flats, the Eagle Creek portion of Bear Management area 341, is subject to closure of all hunting on 24-hour notice.
Details on black bear seasons are available in the 2001-2002 Montana Hunting Regulations available at all FWP offices.