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Minnesota fall bear hunt applications now available

From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Applications for Minnesota’s fall's bear hunt are being accepted through May 4 at any license agent, at the DNR License Center in St. Paul, by phone at (888) 665-4236 or online at

A total of 6,000 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. The bear hunt will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 14.

Hunters selected in the annual lottery must purchase their licenses by Aug. 1. Licenses not purchased at that time will be made available to other hunters. After this year's Aug. 1 deadline, any eligible hunter may purchase any remaining licenses starting at noon, Aug. 6.

In 2011, hunters purchased 5,684 licenses by the deadline. Those hunters were chosen from a pool of 19,170 applicants for the available 7,050 permit area licenses. The remaining 1,336 permits were sold after the deadline passed. Hunters harvested a total of 2,131 bears.

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 quota permit areas.

Complete information on the fall bear hunt is available online at

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