Nearly 1,300 Idaho residents applied for the first Idaho state-sponsored grizzly hunt but the only tag available will go to a resident of Ada County. By law, the Idaho Department of Game and Fish cannot disclose that hunter’s identity.
The following rules apply for the 2018 grizzly bear hunt:
- Bag Limit: One grizzly bear, except, no female grizzly bear accompanied by young may be taken, and no young grizzly bear(s) accompanied by adult grizzly bear(s) may be taken.
- Dogs: Use of dogs to attract or pursue grizzly bears is prohibited.
- Bait: Hunting grizzly bears over bait is illegal.
- Electronic Calls: It is unlawful to use electronic calls to attract grizzly bears for the purpose of harvest.
The grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has recovered since being listed as endangered in the 1970s, and the population has met federal recovery criteria since the early 2000s.
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(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)