Black Bear Hunt Areas Closed in Bighorns

Written by on June 11, 2019

Four black bear hunt areas have closed in the last week, after the quota of female black bears in those areas have been taken by hunters.

The spring black bear season in hunt areas 1 and 2, in the northern Bighorn Mountains, closed at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 10.  Black bear areas 1 and 2 have a combined quota of eight females. And the spring black bear season in Hunt Areas 3 and 4, also in the Bighorns, closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, after the quota of six bears had been met.

The 2019 spring black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas when the female mortality limit has been reached or on June 15, whichever comes first. The female limits are used to ensure that overharvest of female bears does not occur.

Any harvested black bear must be reported to a game warden, wildlife biologist or Game and Fish Regional office within 72 hours of harvest.

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