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Bear and elk application periods now openThe application periods for 2020 bear and elk seasons are now open through June 1. Apply online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses.
- Hunt waiting list
- Download the DNR digests
- New license sales system
- Call volumes higher than normal
Michigan.gov/Bear. Curious how the preference point system works? Check out this video: Michigan Bear Draw Preference Point System Explained.
DNR hunt waiting list is open now through July 10. The Bear and Elk Hunt Transfer Program allows hunters who are successfully drawn for a bear or elk license to transfer their drawing success to an eligible person they know, or to an individual on the DNR hunt waiting list. Those eligible to receive a hunt through the transfer program are:
- Youth hunters, up to 16 years of age, who applied for the current-year bear and elk drawings and were not selected for a license.
- Any person who has been diagnosed with an advanced illness. An application for a license in the current-year drawing is not required. Advanced Illness is defined by the Public Health Code and requires a Physician Certification of Advanced Illness.
Android and Apple products. Find the current digests and downloading instructions at Michigan.gov/DNRDigests. If you would like to be mailed a printed digest, please contact us.
DNR-Wildlife@michigan.gov. Due to higher than normal call and email volumes, please be prepared for longer wait times.Bear and elk seasons are scheduled to occur as planned. We will keep you updated as the season nears if there are any changes due to COVID-19. In the event that bear and elk hunters are not able to get into the field this fall, we will have remedies in place to preserve hunting opportunities for our bear and elk hunters.Follow our DNR COVID-19 response page for FAQs and updates on facilities and closures/cancellations, and stay up to date on the latest public health guidelines and news at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.