By Lars Dalseide | July 1 2014 14:33

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Bear license drawing results posted; leftover licenses on sale in July

Samantha Virk hunting bears in Alaska Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources 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.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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