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Great Season for Wisconsin Bear Hunters
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/05/2019

Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows hunters harvested over 3,600 bears during the 2019 Wisconsin black bear season, nearly equal to last year's hunt.

"Wisconsin often leads the nation in black bear harvest, and these preliminary results suggest that our bear population remains healthy and abundant across the prime bear range in the state," said Scott Walter, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist. "Although we reduced quotas and permit levels to meet population management objectives, generally higher hunter success allowed us to achieve 95 percent of our desired harvest quota and an overall harvest similar to last year."

Statewide harvest totals were buoyed by high hunter success in Zone C, which consists of the southern two-thirds of the state, where harvest increased by more than a third.

More than 120,000 hunters applied for either a harvest permit or preference point for the 2019 season.

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