The Wyoming Game and Fish Department issued a media release indicating that the 2013 spring black bear seasons for black bear hunt areas 1-2 in the Bighorn black bear management unit are closed. The closed areas are located in the northern Bighorn Mountains. Hunters should check black bear regulations for specific boundaries. The female bear quota for black bear hunt areas 1-2 was reached on June 7, 2013 closing the spring season in those hunt areas.
The bear season closes for each black bear hunt area or group of hunt areas in the black bear management unit when the female mortality quota has been reached. The female quotas are used to ensure that over harvest of female bears does not occur. It is the hunter’s responsibility to confirm that the black bear hunt area he or she intends to hunt is open. The status of hunt area closures is available twenty-four (24) hours a day by calling toll free 1-800-264-1280.