Montana Black Bear Season Begins Soon

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The fall black bear hunting season begins Sept. 15 in most areas of Montana. The archery season for black bear begins Sept. 4. All hunters should check the regulations for season date exceptions.

Hunters may purchase a black bear hunting license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov , under Online Services until Aug. 31. After Aug. 31, the licenses will be available only at FWP offices or online, and there is a five-day wait on their use.

Black bear hunters must have successfully completed the Black Bear Identification Test and must present a certificate of completion when purchasing a black bear license. The training and test are available on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov under Online Services. A paper version of the test may be obtained at FWP offices or license providers.

2010 Black Bear hunting regulations are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov , from FWP license providers and at FWP offices.