Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) hunting regulations and dates are released in February of each year. Please check the MFWP website for confirmation of season dates.

Black Bear Hunting in Montana

We offer both wilderness and private land black bear hunting. Wilderness black bear hunting takes place in the fall. Private land black bear hunting is offered in the Spring.

Fall black bear hunting is offered as part of our wilderness archery and rifle hunting combination packages. Though elk is the priority species in a combination hunt, having a black bear tag would allow you the opportunity, if presented, to harvest a black bear.

Spring black bear hunting on private land is fair chase, spot and stalk. Spring bear hunts are offered the last week of April through May 31st. Big boar caliber rifles are preferred for this hunt. Spring black bear hunts are scheduled with the outfitter upon request. Please call 406-579-3866.

ELK (priority), DEER, BLACK BEAR, *WOLF
Season begins September 15th, 2019
Hunt #1: September 14–20 (Hellroaring)
Hunt #2: September 22-28 (Private land surrounded by wilderness)
Hunt #3: September 29-October 5 (Private land surrounded by wilderness)
Location: Hellroaring Camp, Private land surrounded by wilderness
Accommodations: tent camp, meals provided
Trip length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: $5,700 package deal 2×1
License needed for elk and deer: General Big Game Combination License
License deadline: March 15
Other license options: black bear & wolf -over the counter
License deadline: Fall Black bear – August 31 / Wolf – check MFWP

ELK (priority), DEER, BLACK BEAR, WOLF
Season: October 26-December 1, 2019
Hunt #1: Oct 25-31
Location: Independence/Boulder Drainage area
Accommodations: Lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: $5,700 package deal
License needed for elk and deer: General Big Game Combination License
License deadline: March 15th
Other license options: black bear & wolf -over the counter
License deadline: Fall Black bear – August 31 / Wolf – check MFWP

Season: April 15-May 31, 2019
Hunt Dates: TBD with the Outfitter
Location: Private land
Accommodations: lodge, meals provided
Trip Length: 6 days: arrival day, 4 days hunting, departure day
Price: $3,500 per hunter–1×1 hunt
License needed: Black Bear License (Requires Black Bear Identification test. Take online MFWP and click Education, then Hunter Education and choose Bear Identification Program.)
License deadline: April 14th

Fall season: September 15-December 1, 2019
Hunt Dates: Included in package deal. See Wilderness Elk/Deer hunt dates.
Location: Outfitter permitted area in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Accommodations: tent camp, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: Included in Elk/Deer package
License needed: Black Bear License (Requires Black Bear Identification test. Take online fwp.mt.gov and click Education, then Hunter Education and choose Bear Identification Program.)
License application deadline: August 31st

Learn more about what's included, dates and travel arrangements. Download our Wilderness Hunting Guide.
Download our Wilderness Hunting Packet
For specific information about our partner ranches, please download our Private Land Ranch information guide.
Private land hunting guide - Rifle

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General licensing information

Important Information for Resident and Non-Resident Hunters before applying for hunting licenses

If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course or an approved hunter safety course from any other state or province prior to applying for or purchasing a hunting license whether the hunting license is for rifle or archery.

All first time bow and arrow license purchasers must enter their bowhunter education certificate number (NBEF) or a previous years archery license number from any state or province.

If you intend to purchase a black bear license for the first time, you need to have passed the FWP Bear Identification test. It can be found online at FWP’s website. Click on Education, then Hunter Education. Choose Bear Identification Program.

All licenses requiring a kill tag such as deer, elk, wolf, mountain lion, mountain goat, antelope, etc. will be mailed to you from MFWP. Make sure the address you used when you applied for or purchased your license is the address to which you want your license mailed. If your purchase included a combination license, then the conservation & fishing portion of that will also be mailed to you. Always print a copy of your application and receipt. This is your proof of application. Once the draws are posted you will want to be checking your mail to be sure you receive your license. If you do not receive your license within 3 weeks of the posted draw, call MFWP and let them know. Licenses purchased online not requiring a kill tag must be printed from your home printer. These licenses which are now in your physical possession are valid for immediate use.

If you need to purchase licenses for yourself and immediate family members, you must do so in separate transactions and provide the appropriate identification required for each individual.

Non-residents who do not have an ALS number established and are purchasing a conservation license for the first time must be prepared to provide the last 4 digits of their social security number per Montana Code Annotated to comply with the Federal Welfare Reform Law. A conservation license is required when purchasing a hunting or fishing license.

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Hunting Deposit & Payment Policy

A partial deposit of $1000 is required to book your hunt. The $1000 partial deposit will be refunded if you do not draw a license. The drawing takes place in mid-April. The remainder of the deposit (50% of the cost of the hunt) is due when the draw is posted and is non-refundable. The balance of the hunt is due 30 days prior to your hunt and is non-refundable. Hunts not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance. Montana Outfitters & Guides Association suggests Global Rescue Travel Insurance. All Hunt Prices include a $50 fee for the MOGA Hunter/Angler Defense Fund.

We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks. Make Checks Payable to: Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.