REGIONAL— More than 150 unclaimed bear permits in northeastern Minnesota went on sale as of Tuesday this week, creating a potential opportunity for anyone still looking to take part in the 2019 …
REGIONAL— More than 150 unclaimed bear permits in northeastern Minnesota went on sale as of Tuesday this week, creating a potential opportunity for anyone still looking to take part in the 2019 black bear season, which gets underway on Sept. 1. Most of the remaining permits were for hunting in permit areas 25 (52 permits remaining) and 31 (67), which include the northern third of St. Louis County, the eastern half of Koochiching county and all of Lake and Cook counties (outside the BWCAW). Permit area 22, which encompasses the boundaries of the BWCAW had just 15 permits remaining as of Tuesday.
The extra bear permits can be purchased over-the-counter at any location that regularly sells hunting and fishing licenses. A resident adult bear license costs $45, while youth ages 13-17 can purchase a license for just six dollars. Youth ages 10-12 pay just one dollar for a bear permit.
The DNR awarded most of the bear permits for 2019 as part of the annual permit lottery. The remaining licenses now available were never claimed by hunters who were awarded them during the lottery. Last year, more than 21,000 prospective hunters applied for approximately 3,350 available permits, with similar numbers expected this year.
While the season is still nearly four weeks away, hunters can begin baiting starting next Friday, Aug. 16.