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Michigan 2005 Bear Hunt Applications Available April 15


Hunting- The Department of Natural Resources reminds bear hunters that they may apply for a 2005 bear hunting license beginning April 15. The application period is from April 15 through May 15, and hunters may apply for a license at more than 1,700 license dealers, most DNR offices statewide or via the Internet at

A $4 nonrefundable fee must be paid at the time of application. Online customers may use MasterCard or Visa and then print their application receipt. There is no application fee for Comprehensive Lifetime license holders.

The 2005 bear season will include the following hunt periods: Sept. 10 through Oct. 21, Sept. 15 through Oct. 26 and Sept. 25 through Oct. 26 in all Upper Peninsula units except Drummond Island; Sept. 10-16 on Drummond Island; and Sept. 16-22 in northern Lower Peninsula’s Baldwin, Gladwin, and Red Oak bear management units. An additional hunt period for bow and arrow only will be held in the Red Oak Unit from Oct. 7-13.

Copies of the 2005 Michigan Bear Hunting Guide are available at DNR offices, license agents, and on the DNR Web site. Drawing results will be posted June 6, 2005 at 10 a.m. EDT on the DNR Web site. For those who did not apply online, notification of the drawing results will be mailed June 6.

Successful applicants may go to any license dealer or via the Internet to purchase their bear hunting license and harvest tag. The cost of the license and harvest tag is $15 for residents, $6 for seniors and $150 for nonresidents. There is no license fee for successful Lifetime Comprehensive License Holders.

A participation license is required for bear hunters who are not issued a harvest tag but wish to participate in a bear hunt behind dogs. Participation licenses may be purchased for the same fee as a hunting license.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

Source: Michigan DNR


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