With the bear hunting season in full swing, the Department of Natural Resources reminds successful bear hunters to call ahead to registration stations to be sure staff are available to register and seal a bear.

There are more than 75 bear registration stations open throughout the state for mandatory bear registration during the bear hunting season. However, due to department staffing limitations, it is important for hunters to call ahead and, in some cases, make an appointment to register a bear if they will be taking it to a DNR office for registration.

The list of bear registration stations is available in the 2012 Bear Hunting Digest, which is available at DNR Operations Service Centers and from license vendors, or online at www.michigan.gov/hunting. Registration stations that require an appointment are marked with an asterisk.

The data collected at bear registration stations is used to estimate the bear population. This data also helps DNR wildlife staff make recommendations on hunting season structure and license quotas.

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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