Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Que of Silence

Have you ever noticed what is going on when your game comes into range other than visually? Do you notice that before your quarry is within sight that the woods go silent? The birds stop chirping happily over the seeds, the squirrels stop bickering over the nuts, the rabbit is suddenly gone that was eating some bread - everything seems to have disappeared from the bear bait. This is your que to be absolutely still and start looking for what you are after. This que of silence is something I remind myself to listen for when I am hunting for any species and that it is time to get ready. You might even say - get a little birdie.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

2011 Minnesota Black Bear Hunting

To be eligible for Black Bear hunting in Minnesota - all hunters will need to apply by May 6th, 2011.

Minnesota has two types of bear hunting.  Quota and No-Quota.  No-Quota allows you to purchase a tag over the counter and harvest two bears.  Quota is a lottery system and only one bear is allowed.  You have the opportunity to harvest three bears between Quota and No-Quota.  Be aware that No-Quota bear hunting may be more difficult because there are typically less bears in these areas.  These are two separate hunting licenses and two separate areas to hunt in.

Quota is broken up into Zones.  The Zones are a lot like county boundaries laid out by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR).  The boundaries are subject to change each year by the MN DNR.  The Zones have different harvest limits.  The Quota Zones are in the northern portion of Minnesota.  The remainder of the state is No-Quota. 

You may apply as an individual or up to a group of four.

You will have a first and second choice of Zone to hunt in.

Bear hunting in Minnesota for the Quota Zone is based on Preference Points.  You gain preference point by applying each year.  It is a good idea to apply each year even if you do not intend to hunt to gain preference points.  This is done by applying to Zone 99 (a non-existent Zone).

One example of applying would be there are two in your group who have contacted a guide/outfitter in a particular zone.  You would only like to hunt with this guide, so you apply to that zone as your first choice.  You make your second choice Zone 99 for preference points because you would rather wait for next year to hunt with that guide if not drawn for the guide’s zone this year.  Next year you will have better odds of being drawn.

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