American Black Bear


  • Yellowstone elk

    Big game rules available

    The Idaho big game hunting brochure for 2017 and 2018 seasons is available now.

    View Big Game Rules

    The printed brochure, which contains seasons and rules for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf, is now available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online. 

  • youth turkey hunt

    Turkey and black bear general seasons begin April 15

    Idaho's spring turkey and black bear general seasons open April 15 in much of state, with turkey seasons running through May 25 and spring black bear seasons closing dates vary.

  • Black Bear Climbing Hill

    Spring bear controlled hunt results available

    The draw for controlled hunts for spring black bear has been completed. Hunters who applied can determine if they were drawn at, or by going to Drawing Results under the Licensing tab.

    Fish and Game has mailed notification cards to those who were successful in the draw. However, it is the responsibility of hunters to find out whether their names were drawn in these hunts.

  • turkey hunter

    Apply now for spring bear and turkey controlled hunts

    Hunters still have a few days to apply for Idaho’s spring black bear controlled hunts, as applications must be filed by Wednesday, Feb. 15.  Spring turkey controlled hunt applications must be in by Wednesday, March 1.

  • Bull elk

    Idaho’s 2017 & 2018 big game season proposals available online

    Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2017 & 2018 big game hunting seasons are available online for public review and comment.

    The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available at: Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed.  All others will remain the same as they were during the 2015 & 2016 hunting seasons.

  • Upper Snake Sets Meetings To Present Proposed Big Games Seasons

    February 8, 2017




    IDFG Sets Meetings To Present Proposed Big Games Seasons


    IDAHO FALLS – Biologists from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) are ready to begin the public comment phase of their big game season setting process by heading out to present to the public the proposals they are considering moving forward on.  These proposals were created after reviewing big game population data collected in the past month and by meeting with sportsmen in the region in January.

  • Black Bear Climbing Hill

    Time running out to apply for spring bear controlled hunts

    Hunters have through Feb. 15 to apply for this spring's controlled black bear hunts.

    Spring 2017 bear controlled hunt information is in the 2015 & 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules book available at all license vendors and online at

  • Big Game Seasons and Rules 2015 - 2016
  • Big Game Season Public Input Meeting

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is starting to collect public input to develop big game hunting season proposals for 2017 and 2018.  Big game seasons are now set for a two year period, so the hunting seasons being developed will be for the next two years.

     The first public meeting is scheduled in Sandpoint on Thursday, December 8.  The meeting will be held at the Ponderay Event Center, located at 401 Bonner Mall Way. The meeting will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

American Black Bear

Ursus americanus

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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