2003 bear hunting applications due May 15|
The Department of Natural Resources reminds bear hunters that May 15 is the deadline to apply for a 2003 bear hunting license. Hunters may apply for a license at more than 1,700 license dealers statewide, at DNR Service Centers statewide or, for faster service, via the Internet at www.michigandnr.com. The application period is from April 15–May 15, 2003.
Applying for a bear hunting license costs $4, and the nonrefundable fee must be paid at the time of application. Online customers may use MasterCard or VISA to charge their purchase, and they will be able to print their application receipt from their personal computers. There is no application fee for Comprehensive Lifetime license holders.
The 2003 bear season includes the following hunt periods: Sept. 10-Oct. 21, Sept. 15-Oct. 26, and Sept. 25-Oct. 26 in all Upper Peninsula units except Drummond Island; Sept. 10-16 on Drummond Island; and Sept. 19-25 in the northern Lower Peninsula's Baldwin, Gladwin, and Red Oak bear management units. An additional hunt period for bow and arrow only will be held in the Red Oak unit from Oct. 3-9.
The 2003 Michigan Bear Hunting Guide is available at all DNR offices, license dealers, and on the DNR web site. Online customers also can access a Frequently Asked Questions database to immediately receive the answer to any questions they may have regarding the preference point drawing system, how to apply as a party, or other important details.
Notification of the drawing results will be mailed to all applicants, except those who applied online, by June 13, 2003. Drawing results also will be posted on the DNR web site on June 6, at 10 a.m. EDT.
Successful applicants must go to any license dealer to purchase their bear hunting license and harvest tag. The cost of the license and harvest tag is $14 for residents, $5.60 for seniors and $150 for nonresidents. There is no license fee for successful Lifetime Comprehensive License Holders.
A participation license is required for bear hunters who are not issued a harvest tag but wish to participate in a bear hunt behind dogs. Participation licenses may be purchased at any license agent for the same fee as a hunting license.