I just found out my group was not drawn for bear hunting like many of you. What a disappointment. My first reaction was to tell my friends the bad news. My second reaction was how am I still going to go bear hunting this year in Minnesota? The good news in all of this is that I still can go. There is the possibility that some hunters will not buy their tag and there is still No-Quota. The first goes like this…
New for 2011, bear lottery winners must purchase their license by July 29, 2011. Unsold licenses will then become available for one week to those that applied but were not selected in the lottery starting August 3, 2011 at 12:00PM. August 10, 2011 at 12:00PM any remaining unsold license will become available to anyone. Please look for a DNR news release or check the DNR Web Site (www.dnr.state.mn.us) in late July, for further information.
The second option if unsuccessful August 3rd is to buy a No-Quota tag. A No-Quota tag is a tag that you can buy over the counter to hunt two bears outside the lottery Quota zones. There are a few guides that offer No-Quota hunts. There are fewer bears in no-quota. The upside is that if you know of a good area – you can take two bears. I would suggest hunting on the fridge of the Quota zones if you are unfamiliar with a No-Quota area. Public land is a great option for bear hunting for No-Quota or for that matter – Quota.
Still – it is hard to get over the fact that we were not drawn…KHAAAAAAN!!!