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Record 12,970 permits awarded for 2018 black bear hunt

Contact(s): Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore specialist, 608-267-7865
February 27, 2018

MADISON - Notifications have been sent to 12,970 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2018 hunting season.

All hunters who applied for a harvest permit can check their status online at [EXIT DNR]. Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail.

A record number of bear permits will be issued for the 2018 season. - Photo credit: Catherine Khalar
A record 12,970 permits were issued for the 2018 bear hunting season.Photo credit: Catherine Khalar

"Bear hunting has become an extremely popular outdoor activity in Wisconsin," noted Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore specialist. "For the 2018 season, we had over 124,000 individuals apply for either a harvest permit or preference point."

This year's harvest quota of 4,550 was approved by the Natural Resources Board at its January 2018 meeting. The quota was set with the intention of reducing the population in northwest Wisconsin and stabilizing the population in the rest of the state. While the 2018 quota is slightly lower than the 5,000 permits awarded in 2017, permit levels were corrected for recent trends in hunter success and thus increased compared to the number available in 2017.

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

Zone C (dogs not permitted):

All other zones (use of dogs permitted):

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

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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