Montana's 2010 Black Bear Hunting Regulations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

Montanas 2010 black bear hunting regulations are available online for hunters to brush up on some of the important changes this year. Montanas spring black bear hunting season begins April 15, 2010.

New for the spring hunt only is a change in the black bear hunting license validation. Hunters must validate their license at the time of purchase, choosing to:

Hunt the entire state, except Bear Management Units 100, 102, 104, 105 and 108, or
hunt only in BMUs 100, 102, 104, 105 and 108, and nowhere else in the state.

Those who plan to hunt black bear in northwestern Montana should also note that BMU 108 has been broken into two units, with a boundary change for BMU 108 and the remainder of the area designated as BMU 200.

Of interest to bear hunters who plan to hunt the fall season is a new archery-only season for black bear that runs September 4-14 in all BMUs. Archery hunters will need an archery license to hunt bear during this new bear archery season. In BMUs with a quota, black bear harvest during the archery-only season will not exceed 20 percent of the BMUs total quota.

Hunters who purchase black bear licenses after April 15, 2010 must obtain them over the counter at a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office and cannot use them for five days after the purchase date. Bear hunters must also successfully complete FWPs bear ID training at least once in order to purchase a black bear license.

FWP urges black bear hunters to refresh their bear identification skills every year to be able to distinguish a black bear from a grizzly. Grizzly bears, a federally protected, threatened species, are not hunted in Montana. To locate the online FWP bear ID test, go to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Bear Identification Program .

To review the online 2010 black bear regulations, go to the FWP Web site at and click on the "Hunting" page and then "Regulations."

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