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Act Fast: Apply Now for Your Chance at Minnesota Black Bear Hunting – Deadline May 3rd!

Thayne Muthler

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon begin accepting applications for bear hunting licenses in the north-central and northeastern parts of the state. The deadline to apply is May 3rd, with notifications sent by June 1st. This year, the DNR plans to offer 3,350 licenses for bear hunting. Dan Stark, their large carnivore specialist, shared this information and emphasized that it's an exciting opportunity for avid hunters in those regions. The authorities chose a lower number of permits due to a decrease in the bear population after last year's hunt. About 20% of the licenses are reserved for hunters who missed out or had their hunts canceled because of COVID-19 complications. Stark also mentioned that more permits could be available if unsuccessful lottery applicants from other areas don't claim them. Residents pay $44 for licenses, while non-residents pay $230. Bear seasons have different time frames based on location: the early season starts on Sept. 1 and the late season begins in mid-Sept., both ending on Oct. 17 this year. The DNR states that black bears exist throughout Minnesota, although not in every area, but their population is healthy in most parts of the state despite these limitations. For hunting details, visit mndnr.gov/bear. Contact Drakes Gundogs & Guide Service at (218) 259-7140 or dennis@mngundogs.com for any questions.

Officials in Minnesota have announced plans for bear hunting seasons in the north-central and northeastern parts of the state. These locations will be managed through an annual lottery system, with applications open until the end of May. Successful applicants will be notified by June 1st, finalizing the process no later than July. New license numbers will also be publicly available online and at local DNR offices during this time period. Don't wait - apply today to secure your spot!

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued 4,030 licenses in 15 quota areas for the 2024 season. This is a significant increase from previous years. The annual harvest numbers for these zones are determined by animal population trends, ensuring sustainable hunting practices and conservation efforts are maintained.

Don't sleep on it; apply by Friday, May 3rd. Put your name in the hat online, at any license agent, or call 888-665-4236. Act fast!

Lottery winners will be informed on June 1st and must purchase their tag by August 1st. Any remaining licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on August 6th.

The bear hunting season is September 1st through October 13th.