MN Hunting Seasons Begin Sunday For Bear And Dove

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Sunday marks the beginning of two distinct hunting seasons for sportsmen in Minnesota, including a small species of bird and one of the state’s largest mammals.

According to the AP, the Department of Natural Resources confirmed that the two-month Minnesota dove hunting season opened Sunday. The black bear season, which runs through Oct. 13, also began.

Dove hunters must possess a small-game license and Harvest Information Program certification to partake. Individuals are allowed to shoot up to 15 doves per day and have 45 in their possession. The DNR estimates that 13,000 hunters harvest more than 100,000 of these birds each year.

Minnesota Public Radio says a good berry crop kept Minnesota’s black bears from staying hungry this summer, which will make it difficult for hunters to attract them with food.

The DNR issued 3,750 hunting permits this year, a reduction of about 35 percent compared to 2012. Minnesota is estimated to have around 15,000 black bears.

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