Skip to main content Skip to main content

Montana Bill Would Open Hound Hunting for Black Bears

Sportsmen's Alliance: 'Great bill for houndsmen, sportsmen, scientific wildlife management and conservation.

Montana Bill Would Open Hound Hunting for Black Bears

Photo courtesy of Sportsmen's Alliance

Montana House Bill 468, sponsored by Rep. Paul Fielder, creates a hound-hunting and separate training season for black bear in the state. The use of dogs for mountain lions, bobcats and game birds has long been standard in The Treasure State, and HB 468 brings the management of black bears into line with those other species.


"This is a great bill for houndsmen, sportsmen, scientific wildlife management and conservation," said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at Sportsmen’s Alliance. “There’s no scientific or rational reason not to have a hound-hunting and training season for black bears. It's beyond time for Montana to incorporate the full suite of scientific wildlife management available to all species."

HB 468 would allow the hunting of black bears during the spring open season, as established by the commission, with the aid of a dog or dogs, as well as establishing a training season for black-bear hounds from the end of the spring open season for black bear through July 31 of that year.

The use of hounds for big game such as black bears, mountain lions and bobcats allows sportsmen to better evaluate animals to ensure scientific management goals are more accurately attained. Hunters have the time and ability to determine the size, approximate age and sex of the animal, as well as ensure females don’t have cubs or kittens nearby or in a den.

Other action to consider from the Sportsmen's Alliance

Maryland Sunday Hunting Expansion Bills

Sporting Dog Breeding, Training Threatened

Houndsmen can easily pull dogs from the tree, releasing the bear, lion or bobcat. The use of hounds allows a level of selective harvest not available to spot-and-stalk hunters, which gives state biologists better data to accurately set season dates and quotas.




About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: OnlineFacebookTwitter and Instagram.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

The Modern Air Rifle: Air Archery with the Umarex AirSaber

The Modern Air Rifle: Air Archery with the Umarex AirSaber

The big brother to the AirJavelin, the Umarex AirSaber uses high-pressure air to zip a 350-grain arrow at velocities up to 480 feet per second. That's more than enough to hunt big game or predators and it's accurate out to 70 yards. So, if you're looking for a tool to have fun with and/or hunt with, check out the Umarex AirSaber.

A Look at the Lupo

A Look at the Lupo

In the second episode of Beyond the Rifle, we'll discuss the innovation behind the major components of the Lupo. Just how unique is this new rifle? Prepare yourself for some surprises.

 The Inspiring Side of Skeet Reese You

The Inspiring Side of Skeet Reese You've Never Heard Before

If you're a longtime fan of professional bass fishing, it's all but impossible to not see the presence that California angler Skeet Reese has had in the sport.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now