If you're looking to bear hunt in Minnesota this year, now is the time to submit your application to enter the bear hunting license lottery.

According to the Minnesota DNR, applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or you can click here to obtain one online.

The DNR has set 2019 bear permit numbers for quota areas to allow bear population numbers to gradually increase.

A total of 3,400 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The 2019 season is open from Sunday, September 1, through Sunday, October 13.

Lottery winners will be notified by June 1.  If you are a lottery winner, you'll have until Thursday, August 1 to purchase your license.  Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Tuesday, August 6.

There are no-quota areas that include east-central and far northwestern Minnesota where an unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter.  No-quota licenses are valid only in the no-quota area and hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear.

Follow the link below for complete bear hunting information.