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Leftover Michigan bear licenses on sale starting July 9

From Michigan Department of Natural Resources

-- A total of 224 leftover bear hunting licenses for the Bergland Management Unit hunt Sept. 25 to Oct. 26 will be available for purchase in July.

The licenses will be sold online or at any license agent on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales begin at 10 a.m.

Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses not selected in the drawing can purchase a leftover license July 9. Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license July 16. Any hunter may purchase a leftover license July 23, including those who did not apply.

Hunters are reminded that their preference points will reset to zero if they purchase a leftover license, except for Lifetime Comprehensive License holders.

Results of the drawing for the 2012 bear hunting licenses have been posted on the Department of Natural Resources website at

Also, as a reminder, applicants are no longer notified of their drawing success by mail.

A total of 7,991 bear licenses were available during the bear application period during the month of May, about 32 percent fewer than last year. 

The DNR has reduced license quotas in response to data that indicate the state's bear populations have declined.  Lower license quotas should stabilize bear populations in upcoming years.

Hunters can increase their odds of getting a bear license by applying for the 2013 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing.  Each application is $4, and applicants can purchase as many chances as they like. Three hunters will win a package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, antlerless deer and waterfowl.

Winning the Pure Michigan Hunt does not affect a hunter’s eligibility to apply for or purchase other hunting licenses, and will not affect bear preference points or weighted elk chances a hunter has earned. Apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt at a license agent or online at

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