Black Bear Hunting
by Wyoming Game & Fish
February 24, 2009
Black bear hunters looking to use baits for the upcoming spring bear hunting seasons are advised that the period to renew a bear bait from the previous year runs from March 1st to March 20th, 2009. This applies only to those hunters who had bait sites registered in the previous calendar year and wish to renew the same site.
Following the preference period, registration of unclaimed bait sites will be accepted in person at any Game and Fish regional office, beginning at 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 1st on a first come, first served basis.
There will be no black bear bait site registrations during the period of March 21-March 31st, 2009. Hunters can renew their bait sites from last year by contacting the Pinedale or Jackson Game and Fish offices by telephone, mail, fax, in person, or by a representative. All registered bait sites are for the year and cannot be changed until the following year.
Hunters are reminded that they must have a valid black bear hunting license prior to registering a bait site. Also, each black bear hunt area has a female mortality quota that, when reached, closes the season for that area immediately. Therefore, hunters are required to regularly check the black bear hotline at 1-800-264-1280 to make sure
their hunt area hasnít closed.
When a black bear is harvested hunters are required to retain the skull and pelt, with visible external evidence of sex, and present it to Department personnel at the nearest Game and Fish office within three days (72 hours). Black bear hunters are encouraged to brush up on their bear identification skills by taking a voluntary online bear identification test found on the Wyoming Game and Fish website at: http://gf.state.wy.us/bearid/index.aspx. Hunters should also pick up a copy of the current bear hunting regulations at any license selling location to review additional details about black bear baiting and hunting.
For further questions the Jackson Game and Fish office toll free number is 1-800-423-4113 and the Pinedale Game and Fish office toll free number is 1-800- 452-9107.