Bear Hunt Lottery - Applications available late March. Deadline for lottery first Friday in May.
If you have been chosen to receive a 2018 quota bear license, you will receive a postcard as your notice in the mail by mid-June 2018.
Bear lottery winners must purchase their license by Aug. 1, 2018. Unsold licenses will then become available for purchase by anyone starting Aug. 6, 2018, at noon. Check the DNR web site (www.dnr.state.mn.us) on Aug. 3 for license availability and more information.
NO-QUOTA BEAR LICENSES
No-quota bear licenses also will be available starting June 1, 2018, 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.
Check the bear hunting page for information about the hunt.
For all other questions, please email [email protected].