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Idaho spring black bear season opens April 15

Hunters can get a chance to hunt big game in the spring with the opener of black bear hunting season on April 15 (some hunting units opened April 1).

Many parts of the state offer general hunting seasons for black bears, but hunters can not take any female bear with young. Here are the black bear seasons and rules.

Hunters typically spot-and-stalk, bait or use hounds for black bears. For hunters using bait, a baiting permit is required, and other rules apply.

Hunters who are get a bear must present the skull and hide to an Idaho Fish and Game regional office, official check point, or a Fish and Game conservation officer for removal and retention of a premolar tooth, and to have the hide tagged with an official state export tag.

Closing dates for black bear seasons vary by unit, but most run through the May and some into June.

While bears are prized for their hides, which can be black, cinnamon or occasionally blond, the meat can also be excellent for eating. Bears are omnivores, but most of their diet consists of plants.