Due to storms in Minnesota there are thousands of acres of forest that have been affected by blow-down. The state is warning hunters that some areas are hard to access in the woods of Pine County, a popular bear hunting area. Pine County is a no quota area, so bear hunters are able to harvest two bears in the area during the season.
Two big storms in July led to major tree damage in St. Croix, Nemadji and Chengwatana state forests.
50 forest workers were working on making roads more accessible in the area. There are still areas that will be treacherous to get through. Hunters should also be careful around downed trees, trees with hanging limbs, twisted trees, just use caution in the forest.
Bear hunters in Minnesota are also required to send in two teeth samples from the bears they harvest. The teeth are used to determine the age of the bears. Most of the male bears usually are around 2, the females around 3, but there have been some as old as 30. Those that send in the teeth before November 1st will receive a Minnesota Bear Management Cooperator patch. From SCTimes.com .