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Spring Black Bear Hunting Season Opens April 15


Fri Mar 15 09:19:00 MDT 2013

Montana's spring black bear hunting season opens April 15. Licenses purchased after April 14 may not be used for five days and are available at FWP offices, license providers and online.

Black bear hunters are limited to one black bear license a year.

All black bear hunters are reminded that they must successfully complete Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' bear identification test before purchasing a black bear license.

Hunters who have already passed the bear identification test do not need to retake it, but FWP encourages black bear hunters to continuously hone their ability to distinguish a black bear from a grizzly.

To take the bear identification test, visit FWP’s bear identification training website at Click "Hunter Education" under the Education tab, then click "Bear Identification Program".

Complete the training and test, and then present the printed on-line certificate to purchase a license. The training and test is also available on paper, with a mail-in answer card, at FWP regional offices.

The 2013 black bear regulations are available online on the FWP website at and from most FWP offices and license providers.