Wisconsin's bear season opens Wednesday for those hunting with hounds. Hunters with dogs have a week advantage on other bear hunters. Areas A, B and D are the only areas that allow bear hunting with dogs. The season runs through October 11th.
The DNR has sold 9,005 bear tags, with a quota of 5,235, the same as last year. Hunters who harvest a bear are required to give a bear tooth and a 2 inch piece of bear rib at time of registration. This is used for an ongoing study on the bear population.
A bear biologist for the DNR says excitement is high. Some hunters have sent in pictures of bears taken with trail cams at their bait stations. It is unknown if this season will be like 2010, but there is potential. Last year was a record bear harvest for Wisconsin, and 3 bears were harvested that weighed over 700 lbs. From The Leader-Telegram .