Baiting for Upcoming Bear Hunting Season Simplified
Detroit Lakes, MN — The Minnesota Bear hunting season will open in just a few week and the ability to begin baiting for your hunt just started on Friday. That process for bear baiting got a little bit simpler this year. Beginning with the 2021 bear-baiting season, hunters no longer need to use email addresses to register their bait stations. The use of email addresses had caused registration issues in the past.
Effective this year, hunters will simply need to provide their first and last names, date of birth, and their DNR customer number. Outfitters will need to provide their first and last names, date of birth and license number, and identify whether they are a master bear outfitter or a resident bear outfitter.
This year could be a very effective year for bear-baiting as black bears will likely be short on forage due to the on-going drought, according to Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden.
See the “Bait stations” section on the DNR bear hunting webpage for links to register baits. The registration site will be live before the bear-baiting season begins — and for about two weeks after it ends. The bear hunting season begins on September 1st and runs through October 17th. Updated bear hunting regulations for the 2021 season are now available on the DNR website as well.