Michigan Bear Hunting Information
Our information is gathered from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources web site and is updated according to the current year’s information. The DNR tries to post each year’s publications by the second week of April. Content is updated as the DNR makes new information available. (All links on this page open new browser tabs.)
Applying for a Michigan bear hunting license
Bear mentored youth & apprentice info
Leftover limited-license info
License opportunity for youth & hunters with an advanced illness info
Checking on results of Michigan license drawings
Checking your drawing results & Preference Points — Drawing results are posted online only. Applicants are no longer notified by mail. (Hunters receive a preference point each year they apply unsuccessfully in drawing a tag.) In the license drawing, applicants with the greatest number of points in each hunt are issued licenses first. Upon selection for a license, an applicant’s preference points will return to zero, including successful applicants who choose not to purchase their license.