Bear hunters, guides should use online bait station registration tool

(Released August 15, 2013)

Bear hunters and guides should use the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) online tools to register bait stations when baiting opens Friday, Aug. 16, rather than mailing in forms.

“Using the online bear bait registration tool means we have the most accurate and up-to-date information,” said Maj. Phil Meier, DNR Enforcement Division operations manager. “Accurate information helps hunters, bear guides and conservation officers.”

Hunters and guides can log into the online tool from the bait registration link.  Guides must have separate accounts for their clients and themselves.

People who don’t use the online tool must mail the registration form to local enforcement regional office no later than the next postal day following the date on which the bait station was established.

Hunters also are reminded they must submit two tooth samples from each bear harvested. Envelopes to mail the samples, which are used to determine the bear’s age, are available at bear registration stations. A list of stations by county and city is available online.