Michigan posts license drawing results for bear, elk

LANSING?- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.

A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1 – June 1).

A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 – Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

– Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) Monday, July 7.

– Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) Monday, July 14.

Any hunter, including those who did not apply, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 21.Hunters are reminded that their preference points will reset to zero if they purchase a leftover license, except for Lifetime Comprehensive License holders.

Results of the license drawing for the 2014 elk hunting seasons have also been posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.

Two elk seasons will be held in 2014. The first season will run Aug. 26-29, Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 26-29. The second season will run Dec. 6-14. An additional season may be held Jan. 14-18, 2015, if the DNR determines the harvest insufficient to meet management goals.

A total of 30 any-elk and 70 antlerless-only elk licenses have been issued through the drawing.

Hunters can increase their odds of getting an elk or bear license by applying for the 2015 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $5, and applicants can purchase as many chances as they like. Three lucky hunters will win a package of licenses to hunt elk, bear, turkey, antlerless deer and waterfowl, plus a 2015 base license.

Winning the Pure Michigan Hunt does not affect a hunter’s eligibility to apply for or purchase other hunting licenses, and will not affect bear preference points or weighted elk chances a hunter has earned.