Surplus Bear Licenses on Sale August 7

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Minnesota bear hunters who were unsuccessful in this year's lottery may purchase a surplus bear license starting at noon on Monday, Aug. 7.

Surplus licenses are available in six permit areas where the number of available bear licenses exceeded the number of applicants. For the 2006 season, 14,850 licenses were offered in 11 permit areas and a total of 15,722 applications were received.

Surplus licenses are available at any of more than 1,800 statewide Electronic License System vendors or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. Beginning at noon on Monday, Aug. 14, any eligible person will be able to purchase the remaining bear permits.

The bear season will run Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. Licenses for the no-quota area (outside the 11 lottery permit areas) can be purchased directly at any Electronic Licensing System vendor beginning July 1.

This year, hunters, whether they were successful in the lottery or not, will be able to purchase permits in both quota and no-quota areas. However, they will be restricted to hunting only those areas where their permit is valid.

A total of 1,558 surplus licenses will be available for the bear season. In area 22, 58 licenses are available, while 113 are available in permit area 25, 120 in area 13, 360 in area 24, 573 in area 45, and 531 in area 51.

A map showing the location of these bear permit areas can be found on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Bear licenses cost $39 for residents and $196 for nonresidents.