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Maryland 2012 Black Bear Lottery

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications to participate in this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits through August 31. Permit applications issued will be valid for this year’s black bear hunting season, which will take place October 22 through October 27.


Registrations will also be accepted by phone between August 20 and August 24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

Read what last year's hunters had to say:

See photos from prior hunts: (Later this year, it could be you in one of those photos).

If you have never hunted black bear before, DNR has created a content area for everything Maryland Black Bear (including videos, photos, how-to information), visit our online resource:

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, 2010 and 2011 will receive six 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 2012 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings.
The opportunity to hunt black bears in Maryland remains limited to Garrett and Allegany counties.

Online applications for the Maryland Black Bear Lottery are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. (almost midnight) on Friday, August 31.

To apply, a $15 non-refundable application fee must be submitted via credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be received by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. 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.

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