Montana Spring Season Off To Slow Start

Montana FWP, Bear Hunting Magazine

Hunters in Montana have not brought in one bear yet to the Kalispell FWP headquarters since the spring black bear hunting season began on April 15th. The season will extend until May 15th in the western region, and May 31st in the eastern portion of the state.

To get a bear tag, a hunter has to pass a bear identification test. A grizzly, for example, has a shoulder hump and frosted, silver-tipped appearance of the fur, short rounded ears and the broad, flatter head.

FWP officials say there are now signs of a few black bears out, and about 50% of the collared grizzly bears are out.

In past years hunters had to buy a license before the 15th, but this year they can be purchased during the season with a 5-day tag before it can be used.

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