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Planning to hunt Bear? Apply Now.

by Craig Holgate

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 2

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 2, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online atand by telephone at 888-665-4236 .

A total of 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. (The same number of licenses available last year). The season will open on Monday, Sept. 1, and close Sunday, Oct. 12.

Notification to successful lottery winners will be made in mid- to late May.

The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Thursday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available to those eligible starting at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Complete information on the fall bear hunt is available here on the DNR website.