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Changes Being Made to 2021 Bear Season Application
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/12/2020

The bear application period for the 2021 bear hunting season is delayed due to legislative review. The state's natural resources department says the application period which normally opens in March will open shortly after the legislative review process is complete at a date to be determined.

The 2021 bear application deadline remains in December. Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone boundaries as their hunting grounds may change to a new unit beginning in 2021. The DNR says it is not known precisely how these changes will specifically affect harvest permit wait times, but there will likely be no significant changes across zones A, B, C and D.

"Wisconsin continues to be one of the premier black bear hunting states in the nation, with ample public hunting lands and a robust bear population. As such, the extent of bear range has steadily expanded further south into the central forest and beyond," said Matt Gross, DNR assistant big game ecologist. "The new zones will allow management decisions to address both the opportunities and challenges that can arise with an expanding bear population."

If you would like to hunt black bear in Wisconsin, you must possess a Class A bear license. Applications are required for a Class A license or to receive a preference point.

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