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.

2021 Summary

Total applicants: 60,722 (33,693 applied for point-only)
Total license quota: 7,001
Leftover Licenses: Bergland third hunt period: 52

Bear Management Unit Hunt Code Hunt Start Date Hunt End Date Hunt Quota 1st Choice Awards  2nd Choice Awards Leftover Licenses Resident Points Resident  Awards  Nonresident Points Nonresident Awards
BERGLAND - 1st Period 0001 09/08 10/21 185 185 0 0 3  - 4  176 13 9
BERGLAND  - 2nd Period 0002 09/13 10/26 265 265 0 0 0  - 1  252 2  - 3  13
BERGLAND - 3rd Period 0003 09/25 10/26 600 259 289 52 518 1  - 2  30
BARAGA - 1st Period 0004 09/08 10/21 285 285 0 0 3  - 4  271 5  - 6  14
BARAGA - 2nd Period 0005 09/13 10/26 410 410 0 0 1  - 2  390 1  - 2  20
BARAGA  - 3rd Period 0006 09/25 10/26 850 850 0 0 0  - 1  808 0  - 1  42
AMASA  - 1st Period 0007 09/08 10/21 105 105 0 0 7  - 8  100 14 - 18 5
AMASA  - 2nd Period 0008 09/13 10/26 125 125 0 0 3  - 4  119 11 - 12 6
AMASA - 3rd Period 0009 09/25 10/26 270 270 0 0 1  - 2  257 6  - 7  13
CARNEY - 1st Period 0010 09/08 10/21 90 90 0 0 5  - 6  86 15 - 16 4
CARNEY - 2nd Period 0011 09/13 10/26 110 110 0 0 2  - 3  105 5
CARNEY  - 3rd Period 0012 09/25 10/26 350 350 0 0 0  - 1  333 3  - 4  17
GWINN - 1st Period 0013 09/08 10/21 150 150 0 0 5  - 6  144 5  - 6  6
GWINN  - 2nd Period 0014 09/13 10/26 215 215 0 0 1  - 2  205 3  - 4  10
GWINN - 3rd Period 0015 09/25 10/26 585 585 0 0 0  - 1  556 0  - 1  29
NEWBERRY - 1st Period 0016 09/08 10/21 220 220 0 0 8  - 9  219 11 1
NEWBERRY - 2nd Period 0017 09/13 10/26 265 265 0 0 4  - 5  254 4  - 5  11
NEWBERRY  - 3rd Period 0018 09/25 10/26 685 685 0 0 0  - 1  655 0  - 1  30
DRUMMOND 0019 09/08 10/21 6 6 0 0 18 - 19 6 0 0
RED OAK 0020 09/12 10/14 770 770 0 0 9  - 10 763 7
BALDWIN 0021 09/12 10/14 340 340 0 0 11 - 12 337 11 3
GLADWIN 0022 09/12 10/14 120 120 0 0 6  - 7  119 8 1
Totals N/A N/A N/A 7,001 6,660 289 52 N/A 6,673 N/A 276