Wisconsin To Add More Tags For 2010

Wisconsin DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

At the Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison, Wisconsin this week, they approved a 22% increase in permits for the 2010 Wisconsin black bear hunting season.

As a result, Wisconsin will issue 8,910 bear permits this year; the harvest quota is set at 5,235.

The increase was recommended by the Department of Natural Resources and supported by the Bear Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The bear population in Wisconsin has been increasing over the last decade, according to the DNR, and was estimated at 22,000 bears in 2009. The higher number of permits is expected to curb the growth of the population; the DNR's population goal stands at 13,000 bears, said Keith Warnke, DNR big game ecologist.

Hunters registered 3,900 bears when 7,310 permits were issued for the 2009 season, according to the DNR.

Over 32,259 individuals applied for a harvest tag in 2009.

For 2010, the DNR wil issue 3,470 permits for Bear Management Zone A, 1,440 for Zone B; 2,430 for Zone C; and 1,570 for Zone D.

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