Black Bear Hunting Clinics
Bear hunters can improve their chances of having a safe and successful hunt by attending one of the clinics offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The clinics have been designed by bear hunters and research personnel to provide an in-depth look at the Minnesota black bear. The clinics are not mandatory but are strongly recommended by the DNR. Last year almost 2,000 hunters and bear enthusiasts attended clinics.
Clinics will teach hunters what to look for when scouting for bear, how to select bait sites, and how to bait bear based on the principles of timing and quality. The clinics will also cover the latest regulations and answer common questions about bears. Attendees will have a better understanding of black bear behavior and habitat needs, and of techniques that will eliminate protective surveillance.
The clinic fee is $5, which includes an up-to-date black bear handbook. Clinic registration must be submitted no later than one week prior to the clinic, although most clinics are able to accommodate walk-in registrants. To register, people should indicate which clinic they will attend, enclose a $5 check made out to DNR Advanced Hunter Education, and mail to: Black Bear Clinics, DNR Enforcement, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4047.
Seminars for Advanced Hunter Education and Minnesota Bowhunter Education programs are listed on a telephone recording at (651) 296-5015 and on the DNR Web site . Click on "Education and Safety Training." For a recording of Twin Cities Firearm Safety classes, call (651) 296-4819 or call toll free 1-800-366-8917.