The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are available now through June 1.

There will be 200 elk licenses and 7,906 bear hunting licenses available for the 2013 hunting seasons.

Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both residents and nonresidents; however, no more than 2 percent of licenses in any bear management unit will be issued to nonresidents.

Hunters can apply online at, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. A nonrefundable $4 fee is charged at the time of application. Hunters may purchase just one application for each species.

Applicants may call (517) 373-1263 by June 1 for assistance with their application and may check their drawing results online at beginning June 24 for both species. Also see the 2013 Michigan Elk Hunting Digest and 2013 Michigan Bear Hunting Digest for more details about the application processes. All hunting digests can be found

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