CHEYENNE - Black bear hunters who want to use bait for the upcoming bear seasons have until March 20 to register their existing bear-bait sites. The deadline applies only to hunters who had registered bait sites in the previous calendar year and who wish to renew the same site.
Registration of unclaimed bait sites will be accepted in person or through a representative at Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional offices beginning at 8 a.m. April 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.
No black bear bait site registrations will be accepted from March 21-31. Hunters, may renew their bait sites from last year by contacting their local Game and Fish regional office by telephone, mail, fax, in person or through a representative. All registered bait sites are valid for a year and cannot be changed until the following year.
Hunters must have a valid black bear hunting license to register a bait site. No bear bait may be placed on state, federal, or Game and Fish lands without first registering the bait site with Game and Fish. Each bear hunter is allowed two bait sites; however, hunters may only have one bait per section, as illustrated on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management maps. In addition, bear baits cannot be placed more than seven days prior to opening day of the special archery or general season and must be removed seven days after the last date of the hunting season.
Wyoming manages black bears using a female mortality quota system. Each black bear hunt area has a female mortality quota that, when reached, closes the season for that area immediately. Therefore, hunters are required to check the black bear hotline (800-264-1280) regularly to make sure their hunt area hasn’t closed.
When a black bear is harvested, hunters must retain the skull and pelt, with visible external evidence of sex, and present it to department personnel at the nearest Game and Fish office within three days (72 hours). Black bear hunters are encouraged to refine their bear identification skills by taking a voluntary online bear identification test at wgfd.wyo.gov (click on “Hunting,” then on “Black Bear,” then on “Bear Identification Exam”). For more information about black bear baiting and hunting, consult the current black bear hunting regulations (available from any license-selling agent). Contact any Game and Fish regional office with questions.
(Contact: Lucy Diggins (307) 875-3223)