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Some simple recommendations to avoid problem bears [PDF]. Photo courtesy of Emery Orlikowski of Green Bay

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Contact information
For information on bear management, contact:
Dan Kaminski
Assistant bear biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-7588
If you are experiencing problems with bears and are located in Northern Wisconsin, please contact
USDA Wildlife Services at
800-228-1368 (in state) or
715-369-5221. In southern Wisconsin call 800-433-0663
(in state) or 920-324-4514.

Bear hunting

The black bear is viewed as both a symbol of Wisconsin's wildness and as choice prey. Seeing a black bear in the wild is an exciting experience for many and an equal thrill for those who prize the black bear as a big game species. The Wisconsin black bear population is thriving and expanding its occupied range in the state. In 2010, 8,910 harvest permits were available and hunters responded by harvesting more than 5,000 bears, the highest bear harvest documented in Wisconsin history!

Season information

Preference point status: There are three ways in which hunters can determine the number of preference points that they have accumulated. To find out about how many points you have accumulated:

  • contact the Bureau of Customer Services and Licensing 608-266-2621;
  • visit the online licensing center; or
  • contact your local DNR Service Center.

Drawing information

Applications for a Class A bear license can be made at any license sales agent, DNR Service Center, online, or by calling 1-877-945-4236. Please note paper applications are no longer available. The deadline for bear season applications is always December 10.

For the 2014 bear application drawing, individual winners were chosen based on the number of preference points they had prior to the drawing. All unsuccessful applicants received their preference point following the drawing. Because this change was applied uniformly to all applicants, there was no change in wait times needed to successfully draw a bear tag. This change makes the bear application drawing consistent with those held for all other species.

Status of preference points in drawing [PDF]

Preference point status: There are three ways in which hunters can determine the number of preference points that they have accumulated. To find out about how many points you have accumulated:

  • contact the Bureau of Customer Services and Licensing 608-266-2621;
  • visit the online licensing center; or
  • contact your local DNR Service Center.
Last revised: Monday July 21 2014