Wisconsin 2012 Permit Applications Due Soon

Wisconsin DNR , Bear Hunting Magazine

Hunters interested in black bears have until close of business on December 10th to apply for available permits for the 2012 black bear hunting season.

Applications for the black bear permit drawing cost $3 and may be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-945-4236.

The 2012 black bear season begins September 5, 2012 and goes through October 9, 2012. Next year, those who hunt over bait will go first in all management zones; the season for those hunting with the aid of dogs or using other methods will open September 12th in zones that allow hunting with the aid of dogs (A,B, and D). In Zone C, where hunting with dogs is prohibited, hunters may hunt bear over bait or by other means not using dogs from September 5th through October 9th.

There were 27,793 hunters who submitted applications for the 9,005 Class A bear harvest permits available for the 2011 bear season. A total of 103,853 hunters applied for either a harvest permit or a preference point in 2011.

Applicants will need to have collected between four and nine preference points in order to successfully draw a bear harvest permit in the state. Hunters can check their preference point status by visiting the Online Licensing Center, calling Customer Service & Licensing toll-free at 1-888-936-7463 or by contacting a local DNR Service Center.

The bear drawing is held each year in early February. Winners will be notified via U.S. Postal Service mail after the drawing. Drawing winners may purchase their 2012 Class A bear license beginning March 7, 2012.

The total number of permits available for the 2012 black bear season has not yet been determined. Proposed quota and permit levels will be taken up by the State Natural Resources Board at its January 2012 meeting.

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/HUNT/bear/ for more information.

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