Drawing Statistics

Bear Preference Point System

Hunters are selected for bear licenses using a preference point drawing system created in 2000. License applicants who are not selected receive a preference point for future drawings. Applicants with the greatest number of preference points in each hunt period are selected before those with fewer points. An applicant's points are reset to zero upon selection.

First hunt choices have priority in the drawing. Second hunt choices will be awarded only if licenses remain after all first hunt choices have been awarded.

Nonresidents may receive up to 5% of the licenses available in each hunt period.

IMPORTANT:  Applicants must apply at least once every 5 years to retain their points.  Points expire for individuals who do not apply for 5 consecutive years. 

For more information, refer to the Michigan Black Bear Digest.

2020 Summary

Total license quota: 7,080
Leftover Licenses: Bergland third hunt period: 178

Bear Management Unit Hunt Code Hunt Dates Hunt Quota 1st Choice Awards  2nd Choice Awards Leftover Licenses Resident Points Resident  Awards  Nonresident Points Nonresident Awards
BERGLAND - 1st Period 0001 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 180 180 0 0 3-4 171 11-12 9
BERGLAND  - 2nd Period 0002 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 280 280 0 0 0-1 266 1-3 14
BERGLAND - 3rd Period 0003 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 735 279 278 178 0 521 1-2 36
BARAGA - 1st Period 0004 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 250 250 0 0 4-5 242 4-5 8
BARAGA - 2nd Period 0005 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 440 440 0 0 0-1 418 1-2 22
BARAGA  - 3rd Period 0006 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 860 834 26 0 0 817 0-1 43
AMASA  - 1st Period 0007 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 100 100 0 0 7-8 95 14 5
AMASA  - 2nd Period 0008 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 130 130 0 0 3-4 124 10-11 6
AMASA - 3rd Period 0009 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 260 260 0 0 1-2 247 6-7 13
CARNEY - 1st Period 0010 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 100 100 0 0 5-6 95 14-15 5
CARNEY - 2nd Period 0011 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 150 150 0 0 2-3 143 7 7
CARNEY  - 3rd Period 0012 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 350 350 0 0 0-1 333 3 17
GWINN - 1st Period 0013 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 140 140 0 0 5-6 134 5-6 6
GWINN  - 2nd Period 0014 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 270 270 0 0 1-2 257 2-3 13
GWINN - 3rd Period 0015 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 650 600 50 0 0 618 0-1 32
NEWBERRY - 1st Period 0016 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 210 210 0 0 8-9 203 8 7
NEWBERRY - 2nd Period 0017 Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 240 240 0 0 4-5 236 5 4
NEWBERRY  - 3rd Period 0018 Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 660 660 0 0 0-1 629 1 31
DRUMMOND 0019 Sept. 09 - Oct. 21 5 5 0 0 17-18 5 N/A N/A
RED OAK 0020 Sept. 13 - Oct. 08 700 700 0 0 8-9 689 8-9 11
BALDWIN 0021 Sept. 13 - Sept. 21 260 260 0 0 11-12 258 12 2
GLADWIN 0022 Sept. 13 - Sept. 21 110 110 0 0 6-7 109 7 1
Totals N/A N/A 7,080 6,548 354 178 N/A 6,610 N/A 292