Fall Black Bear License Deadline Approaching

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds bear hunters that licenses must be purchased by August 31 for fall black bear hunting season. In addition to the Conservation License and Black Bear License, a new Hunting Access Enhancement fee will be charged at the time the hunter purchases their first license of the year.

Black bear hunters are required to successfully complete the Black Bear Identification Test and must present a certificate of completion when purchasing a Black Bear License. The program is aims to prevent mistaken identify killings of federally protected grizzly bears and to help Montana maintain its black bear hunting season. The Black Bear Identification training and test are available on FWP's web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us under Hunting, or a paper version may be obtained at any FWP regional office or license provider's establishment.

A hunter may legally take one black bear per license year. Hunters are also reminded it is illegal to harvest black bear cubs, defined as bears less than one year old. It is also illegal to harvest female black bears with young.

The new 2002 black bear hunting regulations booklet has details on black bear hunting and is available at all FWP regional offices and license providers' establishments.