2014-05-08 / Outdoors

Hunters: Apply for elk and bear licenses now

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are available now through June 1. There will be 100 elk licenses and 7,831 bear hunting licenses available for the 2014 hunting seasons.

Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both residents and nonresidents; however, no more than two percent of licenses in any bear management unit will be issued to nonresidents. Hunters can apply online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. A nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application. Hunters may purchase just one bear and one elk application.

Applicants may call (517) 284- WILD by June 1 for assistance with their application and may check their drawing results online at www.michigan.gov/ huntdrawings beginning June 30 for both species. Also see the 2014 Michigan Elk Hunting Digest and 2014 Michigan Bear Hunting Digest for more details about the application processes. All hunting digests can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests.

Want another chance at a bear or elk license? Hunters can increase their odds by applying for the Pure Michigan Hunt. Applications are $5 and are available at any license agent or online at www.mdnrelicense.com. Hunters may buy as many applications as they want. Three lucky winners will win prize packages that include elk (Michigan residents only), bear, deer and turkey licenses; first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area; plus firearms, crossbows and much more – worth a total of $4,000. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt or watch a short Pure Michigan Hunt video.

Follow the 2014 Pure Michigan Hunt adventures pursuing turkeys, bear, elk, deer and waterfowl with the DNR YouTube Pure Michigan Hunt winner video series at www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt.

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