Controlled hunt application period for black bear closes on Feb. 15

Hunters who are looking to apply for controlled bear hunts during spring are running out of time to do so: The application period for spring controlled black bear hunts closes on Feb. 15.

Under new rules, Fish and Game will not be accepting mail-in applications for the controlled hunts. Hunters may apply at any hunting and fishing license vendor or Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling (800) 554-8685; or online. A 2019 Idaho hunting license is required to apply.

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents. Only one application per person or group will be accepted. Additional applications will result in all applications being declared ineligible.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail no later than March 10. Hunters are responsible for finding out whether they were successful in drawing a controlled hunt tag. The results will also be available on the Controlled Hunt Results page. 

The two spring controlled hunts for black bear begin on April 1. Each area has 75 tags available. Here's more information about spring black bear hunts.

Any leftover tags for the spring bear controlled hunt drawing go on sale April 1.