There are two regular rifle limited bear seasons. The 1st season opens September 2 and closes on September 30, 2016 and is a limited (draw required) rifle season. Any unfilled licenses may not be used during the 2nd rifle bear season.
The second bear hunt in all three of our Game Management Units (45, 48, and 49) is over the counter with a cap for archery, muzzle loading, and the concurrent deer and elk rifle hunt. This means you can buy your tag over the counter, but you should buy early because only a limited number are sold. Archery bear season opens on September 2 and closes on September 30, 2016. Muzzle loader is September 10-18, 2016. Please note unfilled licenses may not be used during the regular deer and/or elk seasons.
The rifle opens with 1st rifle elk and ends with close of 4th rifle deer/elk season; the licenses are valid only during open rifle deer or elk seasons. Bear hunters must have a rifle deer or elk license valid during any date of the regular rifle seasons for the same bear GMU. The second rifle bear season increases the length of rifle hunting for bear by allowing hunting during all 4 rifle deer or elk seasons.