what can you tell me about bear hunting in the u.p. of michigan?
what is the permit process?
Last time I checked you had to apply for years and years working up points in spefic counties. It's a pain in the rear, and it's so much easier to keep on driving into Ontario for a bear hunt.
You have to apply for a permit. Permits are awarded in a drawing. For each year you apply and dont get a permit, you get a preference point for future drawings. The more points you have, the better the odds you will win a permit. I apply every year and my last permit was in 2005. I think the application period is in May.
I still hunt them back home in the U.P. Like the other posters have said, you have to apply. You will most likely average 5 preference points before you will get a tag.
Sweet, I have 4 or five points now, I was hoping to get a tag next year. May parents have 40 acres in Hiawatha. Do they do any hound hunts up there pr mostly baiting?
Took my uncle 5 years to get his this year....He said it generally takes 5 years.
And he ended up not able to get one.... Saw SEVERAL on the game cams but never any when we were out there on the stands.
I will double check but I am almost 100% that you can't use dogs. Using dogs to hunt bear in my book isn't hunting. Too many folks that would shoot tresspassing dogs anyways
Bait and a ladder stand work great. You have to bait months out sometimes to get them in.
Dogs are permitted for bear, bobcat, coyote, birds, squirrels...pretty much anything except deer.
Well I screwed up and didn't apply in 2011, but I'm going to apply this year, either Gwinn or Newberry - my parents live near the border on 13. Anyone know which area is better? I found an outfitter I am going to try and get in touch with. Is it a big deal to go first vs. second season? It looks like the success rates in the past few years are 33% , 27% , and 12% ; it drops way down for third season.
Is there a way to just apply for prefernce points or do I have to select an area and not get drawn for it to get them?
One of the hunt area choices is preference point only, I believe it is 000 - check the regs.
Nate7out....We have found that the first season is the best. Once the season gets rolling and guys are in the woods, the bear get hard to find. They aren't dumb. Dog hunters came through the area I hunt one year and bear sightings became almost non existant for the remainder of the season. We hunt the Gwinn unit and have a pretty high success rate. I have had 3 permits and have taken 3 bears.
Yeah, well that's just like...your opinion, man.
Ouch. Looks like I might not pull a tag after all this year.
NRC sets regulations, quotas for Michigan elk, bear seasons
hunters will have more elk licenses available but fewer bear licenses,
as the Natural Resources Commission set regulations for the upcoming
seasons at its April 5 meeting in Lansing.
As for bear quotas, the
NRC authorized the DNR to sell 6,976 licenses for the Upper Peninsula, a
decrease of 3,381 from 2011, and 1,015 licenses for the northern Lower
Peninsula, a decrease of 370 from last year.