Bear: Application and Draw Process


Random Drawing for Bear Hunting Permits

Black bear hunting permits are allocated through a random drawing. You must be a Missouri resident to apply.

  • The application period is May 1–31. Results are available beginning July 1.
  • It costs $10 to apply. This fee is nonrefundable.
  • You must apply for a specific Black Bear Management Zone.
  • You may submit only one application per year. Only one hunter is allowed per application.
  • You cannot transfer (give) your permit to another hunter. Please do not apply if you wont be able to hunt.

At least 10 percent of the available bear hunting permits will be awarded to Missouri resident landowners who have qualifying property in the specific Black Bear Management Zone for which they are applying.


Checking Draw Results

Results of the bear hunting permit random drawing will be posted by July 1.

Visit and log into "Manage Your Account." Once logged in, click on "View My Special Hunt History and Preference Points."

Read more detailed instructions on how to find drawing results.