A total of 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. The number of available licenses for 2013 is about 35 percent fewer than the 6,000 licenses available in 2012.
The 2012 bear harvest was 2,604. That was a 22 percent increase from 2011, despite 15 percent fewer bear quota licenses being available. The increase in harvest for 2012 was largely due to poorer fall food conditions, making bears more attracted to hunters’ baits.
“Although the trends in the last few years indicate a stable bear population,
Notification to successful lottery winners will be made in mid- to late May. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Thursday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available to any eligible persons starting at on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Application for a bear license can be made at any
An unlimited number of bear licenses also will be available over the counter for the no quota area of east-central and far northwestern
Complete information on the fall bear hunt is available on the