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Deadline Approaching for Hunters to Apply for Black Bear, Turkey Permits
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/05/2018

Black bear and wild turkey hunters are reminded to submit their applications before midnight on December 10. Applications for permit drawings can be purchased through Go Wild at or through an authorized license agent.

Harvest numbers from the 2018 black bear season are not yet finalized, but preliminary estimates show that hunters harvested more than 3,680 bears. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Bear Advisory Committee are currently in the process of determining 2019 harvest quotas.

Bear hunters are reminded that due to the high interest in this hunt, hunters must apply for several years before receiving a permit through the drawing process for most bear management zones. In order for bear permit applicants to retain their accumulated preference points, they must apply at least once during any period of three consecutive years, or all previously accumulated preference points will be lost.

If the hunter is selected in the drawing, their preference points will be reset to zero, even if they do not purchase the harvest permit. Hunters selected in the drawing will be notified by mail shortly after the drawing and may purchase their 2019 Class A bear license beginning in March 2019.

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