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Idaho Spring Black Bear Hunting

The application deadline for Idaho controlled-hunt, spring bear tags is February 15. Fortunately for all of us, most Idaho black bear tags are sold over-the-counter (OTC). This includes tags for units 28 and 27, where Castle Creek and Wild Idaho Outfitters conduct their bear hunts. The reduced-price or “wilderness tag” is good for all of Unit 27 and those portions of Unit 28 within the Frank Church Wilderness, as well as within most designated wilderness areas in the state of Idaho. The full-price tag is valid for those portions of Unit 28 outside the wilderness area, and for most of the state outside of designated wilderness. Bear are so plentiful in Idaho that residents and nonresidents are able to purchase 2 OTC bear tags per year. These can be 2 wilderness tags, or 1 full-price tag and 1 wilderness tag. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone wanting to hunt bear.

Bear hunting in Idaho can be done by baiting, though DIY-hunters must have a baiting permit, issued by Idaho Fish and Game. Use of electronic calls is legal for bear hunting within designated wilderness only (wilderness tag). Hounds are also permitted for hunting bear in Idaho.

Cougar and wolf hunting seasons are in full swing this February over most of Idaho. Tags are sold over-the-counter for both species. Use of electronic game calls is legal for taking wolf in much of the state, and legal for cougar within designated wilderness areas only. Baiting is not legal for either species. Hounds are legal for hunting cougar, but not wolf. In Units 28 and 27, cougar and wolf can be harvested until the end of spring bear season, which is June 30, allowing bear hunters to carry OTC tags for all 3 species. Check Idaho F&G website for thorough explanations on cougar and wolf hunting regulations.

Readers who would like to comment on the latest wolf-hunting proposals from Idaho Fish & Game can do so by clicking here:
Wolf Harvest Season Proposals: Review and Comment Opportunity

The Idaho Spring Turkey application deadline is March 1st, 2020.

Good hunting.

Joe Cavanaugh

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