Maryland Black Bear Hunting Applications

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service (WHS) reminds hunters that applications for the 2006 black bear hunting season lottery will be accepted online August 1 through September 1. Hunters may also apply by telephone between August 28 and September 1.

The hunt will take place October 23-28 and December 4-9 in all of Garrett and Allegany counties. DNR has established a harvest objective of 35-55 bears for the 2006 season. Once the harvest objective is reached, the hunting season will be closed.

DNR will issue 220 bear hunting permits this season through a random drawing process. Successful applicants will be required to attend an informational pre-hunt meeting prior to receiving their bear hunting permits. Each successful applicant may designate one sub-permittee who may also participate in the hunt. In addition, the applicant may also designate a landowner as a sub-permittee while the hunter is hunting on his or her land; however, only one black bear may be harvested by the permitted hunting team.

All applicants will have an equal chance at the drawing regardless of how they apply. Applications will be accepted online at http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us/ beginning at 9 a.m. on August 1. Online applications will be received 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through 6 p.m. on September 1. Applications will also be accepted over the phone from August 28 through September 1, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

Each applicant must pay a $15 nonrefundable application fee and may only enter once. Applicants must posses a valid Hunter Safety Certificate, have held a hunting license prior to July 1, 1977, or previously hunted on private property. The drawing will be held on September 2 and successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter by mail. Additionally, all applicants may check their status online using their confirmation number.

For more information please visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife or call 410-260-8540. For more information on black bear management in Maryland, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrnews/infocus/blackbears.asp.