Hunters Register over 4,000 Black Bears in 2012 Season

By KBJR News 1

The MN DNR is reminding hunters to avoid shooting collared bears during the bear season.

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.COM) -- Hunters registered more than 4,400 black bears during the 2012 black bear season in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

State wildlife officials say it is the second highest number on record. Hunters registered 5,133 bears in 2010 and 4,257 in 2011.

Bear hunters have until midnight on December 10 to apply for a harvest permit for the 2013 hunting season, or preference point for future years. The number of permits available for the 2013 black bear hunt has not yet been determined.

Wisconsin’s bear harvest permits are strictly limited, and hunters must apply for several years before receiving a permit.

The wait time to receive a permit varies by management zone and has been running between four and nine years, and could increase if harvest quotas are reduced.

The 2013 bear season begins Sept. 4 and runs through Oct. 8 with hound hunters starting first in most zones.

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