DNR Receives Preliminary Results on 2018 Bear Hunting Season
Preliminary results from the 2018 bear hunting season show hunters found success across Michigan.
The DNR is still waiting for all data from check stations and hunter harvest surveys, but officials say it appears hunters are on track for good numbers.
This year, approximately 54,000 hunters applied for just over 7,100 bear hunting licenses.
But even with good numbers, the 2018 season appears to be below the 1,500 bears expected.
That’s in contrast to 2017, when nearly 1,700 bears were taken.
Officials say weather and availability may have impacted hunts in some areas, but contend that those factors are natural defense mechanisms.