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Bear Hunt Lottery - Applications available late March. Deadline for lottery first Friday in May.

If you have been chosen to receive a 2016 quota bear license, you will receive a postcard as your notice in the mail by mid-June 2016.

You may purchase your license starting June 1, 2016 at any ELS license agent, by telephone at 1-888-665-4236, or online.

Check whether you were drawn for a 2016 quota bear license by entering either your:


9-digit MDNR #:



Driver's License #:

(You must use capital letters in your license number.)




No-quota bear licenses also will be available starting June 1, 2016, at any ELS license agent. No-quota bear licenses are only valid in the no-quota bear zone. When you purchase a license you will be asked which kill block / deer permit area you intend to hunt. This is only for evaluating the number of bear hunters in the no-quota zone. It does not allow someone to hunt in one of the 11 Bear Management Units without a valid license for one of those areas.

More information

Check the bear hunting page for information about the hunt.

For all other questions, please email

Preference levels: Each year that you apply for a bear license and don't get drawn for one, you earn a preference point until you are drawn. If you are a first-year applicant or a previous-year winner, you are a preference level 1. The higher your preference level, the better chance of getting a license. For example, a preference level 2 has a better chance of getting a license than a preference level 1. Group preference works the same way. Some of our lottery drawings you can apply for as a group, such as this one; your group's preference is the same as the preference of the member with the lowest preference level.