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We highly recommend applying for the Quota Tags. This will give you a greater chance at taking home a Trophy Black Bear. It can take a few years to get drawn so don't get discouraged. It all depends on number of applicants and how many tags they are giving out that given year. The Quota Tag offers a better hunt and success rate as there are less hunters and other baits to compete with.

Rest assured, Lake of the Woods Outfitters will work hard and push for a successful hunt in the no quota areas as well.

License Costs and Lottery Information

MN Resident License

  • Lottery application $4*
  • Black Bear license $44 - available for purchase June 1st
    • Youth Bear license (age 10-12) – None
    • Youth Bear license (age 13-17) $5
  • MN State Waterfowl Stamp $7.50
  • Federal Duck Stamp $27.50
  • Hip Certified - None

MN Non-Resident License

  • Lottery application $4
  • Black bear license $230 - available for purchase June 1st
    • Youth Bear License (age 13-17) $5
  • Small Game license $102
  • MN State Waterfowl Stamp $7.50
  • Federal Duck Stamp $27.50
  • Hip Certified - None

*Price does not include any additional fees charged (such as Agent Fee of $1.00, or online convenience fees, etc.)

*Also Please reference the MN DNR License Page as prices may vary year to year.

Season Dates: September 1 - October 14 for Bear hunt; Waterfowl Opener 09/23/17

Lottery application for quota zone is available late March and closes with a deadline for the lottery the First Friday in May. Notice if you have been selected for a quota tag it will be mailed mid June. Bear lottery winners must purchase their license by August 1, 2012. Unsold licenses will then become available for purchase by anyone starting August 4, 2017* at 12:00PM.

*This date may chage by a day or two, please check the MN DNR License Page on exact date for current year.

Check the MN DNR Website on August 3rd for license availability and more information.