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Bear license drawing results posted, leftover licenses

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1 – June 1).

A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 – Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 7.

Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 14.

Any hunter, including those who did not apply, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 21.

Hunters are reminded that their preference points will reset to zero if they purchase a leftover license, except for Lifetime Comprehensive License holders.

Hunters can increase their odds of getting a bear license by applying for the 2015 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $5, and applicants can purchase as many chances as they like. Three lucky hunters will win a package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, antlerless deer and waterfowl, plus a 2015 base license. Winning the Pure Michigan Hunt does not affect a hunter’s eligibility to apply for or purchase other hunting licenses, and will not affect bear preference points or weighted elk chances a hunter has earned. Apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt at www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt or at a license agent.