Maryland Black Bear Hunting Lottery is Underway

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APPLY NOW! Go to http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us/. Online applications for the Maryland Black Bear Lottery are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. (almost midnight) on Friday, September 2.

To apply, a $15 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted via credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be received by 12 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2010. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 360, Frostburg, MD 21532.

Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.

Registrations will also be accepted by phone between August 22 and August 26 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

Read what last year's hunters had to say: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Testimonials.asp

See photos from prior hunts: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Photos.asp (Later this year, it could be you in one of those photos).

For everything Maryland Black Bear, visit our online resource: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BlackBearGuide.asp

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications to participate in this year's lottery for black bear hunting permits through September 2. Applications issued will be valid for this year's black bear hunting season, which will take place October 24 through October 29.

This year's hunt will follow the same successful model we've used for the< previous bear hunting seasons.

The application process will follow the Preference Point System for bear hunting permit applications that DNR implemented in 2007. Hunters who apply this year will receive one entry in the random drawing as well as one additional entry for each past consecutive year they have applied. Therefore, those hunters who applied unsuccessfully in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 will receive five entries in the drawing when they apply this year. The following rules also apply:

  • Applicants must apply each year to retain preference points. If an
    applicant skips a year, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • Once an applicant is selected to receive a bear hunting permit in the random drawing, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • If an applicant is selected in the random drawing, but forfeits the permit, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a preference point. This will allow those hunters who cannot hunt in 2010 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings. DNR will issue 260 bear hunting permits with a quota of 55-80 bears and will close the hunt when the quota is reached. The opportunity to hunt black bears in Maryland remains limited to Garrett and Allegany counties.