Black Bear Season Now Closed in Bighorns
Spring black bear hunting in hunt areas 3 and 4 in the Bighorn Mountains are now closed, according to a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Regional Office.
The official closure date for the season is June 15, but can be sooner based on the female mortality limit. The female limits are used to prevent over-harvest of female bears. Areas 3 and 4 have a combined quota of six female bears.
As indicted in Chapter 3, Black Bear Hunting Seasons, Section 9 and Chapter 42, Mountain Lion Hunting Seasons, Section 4K of the WGFD Regulations, “It is the hunter’s responsibility to confirm that the hunt area the person intends to hunt is open. The status of hunt area closures shall be available (24) hours a day by calling toll free (800) 264-1280.”.
Any harvested black bear must be reported to a game warden, biologist, or regional office within 72 hours.
This spring, the only other early season closure has been in hunt area 8 located in the Snowy Range. The female mortality quota for the entire state is roughly 300, depending on bear population and location. So far this year, 50 female black bears have been harvested.