Prospective bear hunters in Minnesota have through Friday, May 7, to apply for a bear hunting license in lottery areas, the Department of Natural Resources said Monday in a reminder. Applications for the 2021 season should be submitted online or by calling (888) 665-4236.

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The DNR is offering 3,575 licenses in 13 permit areas for this year's bear season. The fee to apply is $5. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents. The season is open from Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 17.

Lottery winners will be notified by June 1. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Sunday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available starting at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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The no-quota area that includes east-central and far northwestern Minnesota is not part of the lottery drawing and will have an unlimited number of licenses available that may be purchased starting July 1.

Overall, bear permit numbers for quota areas have remained unchanged since last year to allow bear population numbers to gradually increase and support a robust bear population. Bear hunting information is available on the DNR website.

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