Mar 29, 2013 at 6:38 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are available beginning Monday, April 1, and will be accepted through Friday, May 3rd.
The DNR says a total of 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. The number of available licenses for 2013 is about 35 percent fewer than the 6,000 licenses available in 2012.
The 2012 bear harvest was 2,604. That was a 22 percent increase from 2011, despite 15 percent fewer bear quota licenses being available. The increase in harvest for 2012 was largely due to poorer fall food conditions, making bears more attracted to hunters’ baits.
The DNR’s goal with the lower license quotas is to allow for a gradual increase in the current bear population.
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