Hunting season is upon us with archery season for antelope, deer and elk starting Saturday. And Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks want to make sure you stay safe while hunting in bear country.
It is easier to come upon a bear while hunting because hunters try to go unnoticed to stalk their game.
F.W.P. officials said to avoid bear encounters hunters should let people know where they will be hunting, should gut their game quickly and get the carcass out of the area.
They say the best way to avoid bear encounters is to have your bear spray handy.
"You should know how to use it before you go out there," said Andrea Jones, F.W.P. spokeswoman. "You should have it at you're ready, at your hip or on a holster across your chest so you can get at it. It does you no good in your backpack."
Jones said if you do see a bear, you should back away from the animal slowly because running will almost guarantee the bear will attack.