Idaho Deadline to apply for spring bear controlled hunts is approaching.

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Application period closes Feb. 15

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

Spring 2020 bear controlled hunt information is in the 2019-20 Big Game Seasons and Rules book available at all license vendors and online at

To apply for a controlled hunt, residents and nonresidents must have a valid Idaho hunting license.  Hunters may apply at any Fish and Game license vendor; with a credit card by calling 1-800-554-8685; or online at

The non-refundable application fee is $6.25 per person for residents and $14.75 per person for nonresidents. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications.

Junior hunters must be between the ages of 10 and 17 to participate in any bear controlled hunt, but a 9-year-old may buy a junior license to apply, provided the hunter is 10 years old at the time of the hunt for which they are applying.

Successful spring black bear applicants will be notified by mail no later than March 10.  Any leftover tags for spring bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.