MN Bear Hunting Season Appears to Have Had Record Success

MN Bear Hunting Season Appears to Have Had Record Success

October 19, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/19/20)

Detroit Lakes, MN — The Minnesota Bear Hunting Season wrapped up this Sunday and all signs are pointing towards a very successful season. Between September 1st and October 18th, hunters who were successful in obtaining a permit through a lottery drawing or were hunting in a non-quota permits areas are able to harvest one adult bear. In a recent conversation with Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden last week, Baden says success rates were at an all time high going into the final weekend.

Because of quotas, the amount of bear hunters in the woods is relatively similar to previous years. Baden says the likely reason for the successful bear hunting this year is that there is simply a lot of hungry bears out there.

On average, 50% of hunters in the state of Minnesota are successful at harvesting a bear in the quota areas. In the non-quota areas, which includes the area west of Highway 59, the far northwestern counties, and the southwestern counties, hunters are typically 32% successful.