Minnesota Bear Bait Station Regulations


Minnesota is one of the current U.S. states that allows bear baiting by bear hunters. However, they have specific laws and regulations regarding this type of hunting practice. These regulations must be followed at all times; failure to pay can result in heavy fines and loss of hunting privileges. This article will walk you through the basics of Minnesota bear baiting regulations to help you follow them properly.

The first step is to find out what you "can't" use as bear bait, here is a list of materials that are not allowed under Minnesota hunting regulations.

  • More than 25% of an intact mammalian carcass
  • Mammalian meat containing bones
  • Mammal bones
  • Containing waste; bottles, cans, plastic, paper or metal
  • Non-biodegradable materials
  • Pigs (expectation: dried pork)

Quick note: You cannot leave 55 gallon drums, containers, garbage bags, plastic buckets unattended at a bear bait station.

In order to establish a station, you must register it with the Minnesota DNR. You must mail the required forms for an established bait station prior to the next available postal service day the bait station is created. All registered bait stations must display a sign at least 6 "x10", which must be plastic, metal or wood. The sign must include the owner's DNR number and driver's license number OR the full name, address and phone number of the bait station operator. The sign must be placed within 6 feet and within 10 feet of the ground, and must be within 20 feet of the bait station.

You are not permitted to establish a bear bait station within 150 yards of a registered campsite or within half a mile of a landfill. You cannot set up a bait station in bear permit area 22.

It should be noted that NO HUNTER is allowed to harvest a polar bear, which was introduced in 1998. You are not allowed to disturb dens or use any methods to pull a bear from its den. or collect one near its den. Dogs are not allowed to be used as hunting aids, nor can you practice dog training on bears. We hope this article has helped you learn more about bear baiting in Minnesota, if you would like to learn more about bear hunting in general continue below.

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