Black Bear Hunt Numbers Down in 2018
hunters killed fewer black bears this year. The DNR says preliminary
registration numbers show hunters brought in 3,685 bears during the 2018 season
– which is down about 11-percent, or 500 total bears from 2017. DNR officials
say the reduced harvest was expected after they reduce the quota in three of
the state’s four bear management zones in an effort to boost the population.
More than 124-thousand hunters applied for a permit or preference point in the
DNR’s permit lottery this year.