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      Hunters try to bag a bobcat

      Bobcat hunting season is underway in many counties across northern Michigan.

      Bobcat hunting season is underway in many counties across northern Michigan.

      The bobcat hunting season continues until March 1 across the Upper Peninsula as well as Alpena, Alcona, Antrim, Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Montmorency, Otsego and Oscoda Counties.

      Bobcat hunting season continues until Feb. 1 in Clare, Crawford, Kalkaska, Gladwin, Iosco, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Wexford Counties.

      To see a map of the areas involved in the 2013 bobcat hunting season click here.

      The Department of Natural Resources determined the season bag limit for bobcat is two per person, but only one bobcat may be taken from specific counties. For details on the bag limits click here.

      All those who hunt and trap furbearing animals, including those who trap or hunt on their own enclosed farmland or private property, must have a valid fur harvester license. This license allows the license-holder to hunt fox, bobcat, coyote or raccoon, and trap badger, bobcat, fisher, marten, fox, coyote, weasel, mink, raccoon, muskrat, beaver, otter, skunk or opossum.

      Hunting bobcats also requires a free kill tag, available from license agents or by contacting any DNR operations service center.

      Those 17 years of age and older must possess a valid fur harvester license. A junior resident fur harvester-trap only license is available to youth 10-16 years old without hunter safety training. Youth under 10 years old may trap furbearers as licensed through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

      All successful hunters must register their harvest at select DNR offices.