Correction

There is an error on the front page of the Friday, Sept. 4 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News. The start dates for the 2015 bear season are reversed. Hound hunters go first this year in all zones except Zone C, where hound hunting is not allowed. The hound season opens Wednesday, Sept. 9.

In zones where hound hunting is allowed, the bait hunters will start one week later this year. In those zones, the bait season begins Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Wisconsin Outdoor News apologizes for any inconvenience or confusion created by the error.

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