Official Montana Hunting Safety Course Link to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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The following course material is for reference only. Please go to the new course to complete your Montana certification.

Hunting In Bear Country

Hunters in Montana are hunting in bear country. And not just any bear country, but grizzly bear country! Take precautions to minimize the possibility of a confrontation with a bear, and in the event of a confrontation, know what to do.

Bear Identification

Black Bear
Black Bear
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear

Because grizzly bears cannot be legally hunted in Montana, you must be able to tell the difference between a grizzly and a black bear. Follow these three simple steps to ensure that you can hunt safely and legally in Montana’s bear country:

  1. Learn how to identify bears.
  2. Be absolutely sure of your target.
  3. If in doubt, don’t shoot.

Black bear hunters are required to pass a bear identification test before they can receive a bear-hunting license. The identification program is intended to prevent mistaken killings of federally protected grizzly bears and help Montana maintain its black bear season. There are two ways to take the bear identification course and to receive certification:

  • Online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ web site; or
  • By mail. Forms are available at any Fish, Wildlife & Parks office or license agent.
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