MN Decreases 2009 Bear Permits

MN DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is decreasing the number of bear-hunting permits it issues this year.

Agency managers stated last week the decision was an effort to allow the bear population to "moderately" increase. Data suggest the bear population has been declining. Hunter success rates have been declining and more, younger bears are showing up in the overall hunter take.

Last year, the agency issued 11,850 permits. This year, the number will be 10,000.

The agency is accepting hunting permit applications through May 1. The licenses are available in 11 permit areas, but permits can be purchased over the counter in "no-quota" areas outside the 11 permit areas.

Bear hunting information can be found at

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