• Hunting at Bear Lake

Hunting in the Bear Lake Valley

Hunting in the Bear Lake valley dates back to the early settlers, native Americans and mountain men that first laid eyes on thisarea. Game birds and big game animals thrived in the valley.

Today, the majestic Rocky Mountain Elk (Wapiti), the regal Mule Deer and the unique Shiras moose are elusive quarry of big game hunters. These healthy herds of game animals need to be managed through the use of hunting in order to ensure their survival. State wildlife managers carefully review local winter range carrying capacities, the ratio of males to females, and fawn mortality surveys to determine the availability of hunting permits and tags. Popular hunting equipment includes cartridge and black powder rifles and archery equipment such as compound, long, and recurve bows.
Other local animals that have hunting and/or trapping seasons include ducks, geese, sage grouse, gray partridge, blue and ruffed grouse, black bears, bobcats, mountain lions (cougars), coyotes, fox, and wild turkey. Occasionally, reports come in with sightings of rare and protected animals such as wolverine, lynx, grizzley bears, (and even Bigfoot!); however, few sightings are confirmed, if any. Wolves are now known to be increasing in numbers in the area. No hunting season is available for these animals and actually carry a large fine and possible jail time if found with possession of one of these protected species.

Caution to Poachers

True Bear Lake Valley outdoor enthusiasts love and respect the wild resources that we have here. We welcome all hunters and anglers to come and enjoy, however, poachers are not welcome here! The Bear Lake valley is patrolled by both Utah and Idaho law enforcement and conservation officers. Poachers of our fish and game are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the lawin order to protect our natural resources. Eyes are everywhere and poaching misdeeds are reported to the local authorities. If you witness any poaching activities, please call Idaho Citizens Against Poachingat 1-800-632-5999 , or the Utah Poaching Hotline at 1-800-662-DEER.

Fishing Information
Idaho Fish and Game Bear Lake Idaho Hunting and Fishing information. Buy hunting and fishing licenses.  Idaho stores that sell hunting licenses.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Bear Lake Utah Hunting and Fishing information. Buy hunting and fishing licenses.

Hunting and Sporting Goods

Pugstone’s Ripples & Waves Sporting6th South Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, Utah 84028
Pugstone’s Ripples & Waves Sporting. Bear Lake Area Maps. Buy hunting and fishing licenses, fishing supplies, boating supplies, camping essentials, apparel & beach toys.
Phone: (435) 946-2855
(435) 757-9430

Smokey Canyon Outfitters
St. Charles, Idaho 83272
Offering full and half day guided trailrides in the Bear Lake area. Lunches will be provided. We will run trips Memorial Day through Labor Day. We are licensed and insured. We are an equal opportunity employer and provider. Idaho Outfitter License #16001
Phone: (307) 885-4868
(307) 690-6322

Elk Country Sports
407 Washington
Montpelier, Idaho 83254
Hunting and Fishing licenses and gear.
Phone: (208) 847-1200