Bear Hunting

Permits
Some of the biggest black bear are harvested in Wisconsin and the opportunity to harvest a bear is good once a hunter receives a permit. Each year, several bear over 600 and 700 pounds are registered by hunters. The far northern third of Wisconsin is the black bear's primary range, with the state being home to a thriving population.
Wisconsin requires hunters to obtain a bear harvest permit to kill a bear. Permits are distributed through a preference point system. Each permit allows the taking of one adult bear not accompanied by a cub or cubs in the chosen zone.
Bear Hunting
Wisconsin has one of the largest bear populations in the nation.

High Bear Harvests


Price County boasts one of the highest bear harvests year after year. Kevin Wallenfang, a big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is quoted in saying this: "Wisconsin ranks among the leaders in bear harvest in terms of both numbers and record-book entries."  Wisconsin bear harvest historical data. .


Season Dates


Bear hunting season is held in early-September through early-October with rotating seasons for hunting with the aid of bait, utilizing dogs, and/or other legal methods. For additional information regarding bear in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's website bear hunting page.