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DNT Report: Minnesota Bear Harvest Up Nearly 30%

The DNT reports that bear hunters have had a 32% overall success rate so far this year. The DNT reports that bear hunters have had a 32% overall success rate so far this year. |  Photo: Desten Johnson/WDIO-TV

Updated: October 06, 2019 06:37 PM

The DNT reports that nearly half of all Minnesota bear hunters who had a permit in a quota area this year shot a bear, a success rate that may be unmatched anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

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According to the DNT, in the quota permit areas, hunters took 1,595 bears through Oct. 1 out of 3,400 permits issued for a 46% success rate. The DNT says this is a tie with the 2017 season for second highest success ever, with 2018 being the highest at 50% success rate.

This compares to about 1 in 3 hunters getting a deer, 1 in 5 getting a buck and 1 in 3 getting a turkey in Minnesota, according to the DNT.

The DNT says that including the nonquota bear area nearly 6,800 hunters this year have taken 2,198 bear this season for a 32% overall success rate.

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