State budget changes impact bear hunting license rulesSubmitted: 08/12/2015
State budget changes impact bear hunting license rules
Story By Anthony Bruno

NORTHWOODS - This year, you won't need a license to bait bears or train bear-hunting dogs after the State Legislature changed several bear hunting regulations in the new state budget. 

The state no longer requires people to obtain the Class B bear hunting license in order to legally train or bait bears without killing them.

"The elimination of the license allows individuals to participate in these activities without the purchase of a license," said David MacFarland, a Large Carnivore Specialist with the Wisconsin DNR. "So now, rather than buying a license to participate in training or baiting activities, anybody can go out and do that without purchasing a license."

But the news for bear hunters isn't all good, since It will now cost more to buy a Class A license. The price went up from $3 to $4.50, and DNR officials say those people who bought Class B licenses won't be able to get a refund.

"This change in licensing took effect in mid-July," said MacFarland. "[The license] was required for a portion of that season, so those who purchased a license had the opportunity to use it, and therefore there won't be any refunds available."

DNR officials say they don't think these changes will hurt the number of hunting license applications. They've already received more than 110,000 applications for this hunting season. 

But they will only issue 11,000 licenses this year. On average, roughly 4,500 bears are harvested during Wisconsin's bear hunting season.

For more information on changes to bear hunting regulations, you can follow the link to the DNR's bear hunting page below.

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