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Most controlled hunts begin April 1

by CONNOR LIESS/Contributing writer
| March 9, 2023 1:00 AM

Drawing results for black bear controlled hunt tags have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters can check their account at to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for spring black bear. Email notifications will be sent to those who provided an email address on their profile.

Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions for how to set one up on the Controlled Hunt Results webpage.

Hunters who were successful in the draw can purchase the controlled hunt tag through their Go Outdoors Idaho customer account, at any Fish and Game regional office location, at any license vendor location or by calling 1-800-554-8685. Tags purchased online or over the phone will include an additional convenience fee and will be mailed to the mailing address on file.

Hunters who were successful in the draw will still receive a notification card by mail by early March, however, it is the responsibility of hunters to find out whether their names were drawn in these hunts. Those who do not have access to the internet can either wait to receive their notification card or visit a Fish and Game license vendor to determine draw status.

Hunters who already have a general season black bear tag may exchange their general season black bear tag for the appropriate controlled hunt tag. Alternatively, they may keep their general season black bear tag and purchase a controlled hunt black bear tag.

Any exchanges of tags must be completed at an Idaho Fish and Game office, and reduced price tags or second black bear tags cannot be exchanged for a controlled hunt tag.

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Connor Liess is a public information specialist or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.