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Ask Fish and Game: Black Bear Baiting Permits

Q. I plan to hunt black bear this spring with some friends and was wondering when the baiting permits go on sale and if each of us needs to purchase a permit?

A. Bear bait permits are only available at Fish and Game offices beginning March 1 each year. However, since March 1 is a Saturday and Fish and Game offices will be closed, the first day the permits can actually be purchased is March 3. Only the person that places the bait is required to have a baiting permit. Each hunter can have 1 baiting permit, which allows them to maintain up to three bait sites. People hunting over bait sites, but not involved in placing the bait do not need a permit.