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Wisconsin black bear hunting season opens Sept. 7

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- A total of 9,005 permits have been issued for Wisconsin's black bear hunting season, Sept. 7 to Oct. 11. The statewide harvest quota is 5,235 bears, the same as in 2010.

This year hunters using dogs will have the first week of the bear season to themselves in management Zones A, B, and D. In Zone C, where dogs are not permitted for bear hunting, all legal bear hunting methods not utilizing dogs may be used throughout the entire bear season.

Successful hunters will be required to submit a bear tooth and a 2-inch piece of bear rib at the time of registration as part of an on-going two-year bear population study. The results of this study will add to the results of a similar study conducted from 2006-2008 that provided the scientific basis required to increase bear harvest permits. Scientific bear population studies help to ensure we are establishing an appropriate harvest quota and managing the bear.

Additional information including district and bear zone forecasts can be found in the 2011 Fall Hunting Forecast at 

Bear hunting regulations can be found online at

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