Bear Hunt Booklets Mailed, Surplus Licenses Available in August

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Applicants who were successful in the drawing for 2003 bear licenses are being sent bear hunt booklets this week notifying them of their success and instructing them how to purchase a license, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

There were 20,110 licenses available this year in 11 bear permit areas. However, 5,144 licenses remain for seven of those areas because there were not enough applicants.

The remaining licenses will first be made available to this year’s unsuccessful applicants beginning at noon on Monday, Aug. 4. There were only 1,457 unsuccessful applicants, so that will leave a minimum of 3,687 licenses available for nonapplicants. Beginning at noon on Monday, Aug. 11, all remaining licenses will be made available to anyone, whether they previously applied or not. The surplus licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at any of more than 1,800 statewide Electronic Licensing System vendors or at the DNR’s License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

“This is the first year that bear permits will be available to anyone, whether or not they submitted a license lottery application,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator.

Licenses remain in the following bear permit areas: Permit Area 51, 1,533; Permit Area 45, 931; Permit Area 24, 735; Permit Area 25, 686; Permit Area 31, 665; Permit Area 13, 432; and Permit Area 22, 162. A map showing the location of these bear permit areas can be found on the DNR Web site at Bear licenses, with issuing fee, cost $39 for residents and $196 for nonresidents.

Licenses for the No-Quota Area can be purchased directly at any Electronic Licensing System agent beginning July 1. The No-Quota Area is that area of the state outside of the 11 lottery permit areas, where there is no limit on the number of bear licenses issued.

The 2003 Minnesota bear season runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12.