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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 422 days

12,850 permits awarded for 2017 black bear hunt

Published by Central Office February 28, 2017

Contact(s): David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist, 715-365-8917

MADISON - Notifications have been sent to 12,850 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2017 hunting season.

Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail - status updates are also available at (exit DNR).

This year's harvest quota of 5,000, approved by the Natural Resources Board at its January 2017 meeting, was set with the intention of reducing the population in northwest Wisconsin and stabilizing the population in the rest of the state. The 2017 quota and permit levels will both see an increase compared to those approved in 2016.

The season structure for this year's bear hunt is as follows:

Zone C (dogs not permitted):

For more information, search the DNR website,, for keyword "bear."

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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