Contact(s): David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist, 715-365-8917MADISON - 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 gowild.wi.gov (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):
All other zones (use of dogs permitted):