Minnesota bear hunt application deadline is Friday, May 7
Applications for the 2010 Minnesota black bear hunt are due
Friday, May 7. The Minnesota DNR will conduct a lottery for 9,500
permits spread throughout 11 permit areas. This fall’s bear hunt
begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 17.
Individuals must apply for the lottery at a license agent or the
DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, by calling
1-888-MNLicense, or online at www.mndnr.gov/rlp. Licenses for the
no-quota area, which is the area outside of the 11 permit areas,
can be purchased directly at any license agent beginning Thursday,
July 1. No previous application is necessary to buy a no-quota area
Bear licenses cost $38 for residents and $200 for nonresidents.
The bag limit is two bears in the no-quota area and one bear in all
permit areas. Applicants can find bear hunting information online
Since 2002, research data suggests that Minnesota’s black bear
population decreased from about 25,000 bears to 20,000 bears. The
number of bear hunting permits has been reduced the past several
years to allow bear numbers to increase and provide a less-crowded
hunting experience. In 2009, 17,571 people applied for 10,000 bear
hunting permits. No-quota hunters purchased 2,473 permits. Hunters
harvested a total of 2,801 black bears in 2009, including 2,220 in
permit areas and 581 in the no-quota area.