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Application Process for the 2013 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit

  • The 2013 Maryland Black Bear Lottery application process will not start on July 1 as originally advertised. We are currently working on the process for this year and will be announcing the outcome soon. If you have been a previous participant in the lottery, you will receive an email regarding the Lottery process and timing. If you have not participated in the Maryland Black Bear Lottery, but want to this year, please email using “Black Bear Lottery” in the Subject field and we will send you an email when the process is finalized. Thank you for your interest in the Maryland Black Bear Lottery!
  • To apply, each applicant must pay a $15 nonrefundable application fee and may only enter once. Applicants must possess a valid Hunter Safety Certificate or have held a hunting license prior to July 1, 1977 or hunted on private property prior to July 1, 1977 to apply. The drawing will be held on September 3, 2013 and all successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.
  • In 2007 DNR implemented a Preference Point System for Bear Hunting Permit applicants. Preference points provide additional entries in future drawings. Applicants receive one additional entry in the random drawing for each year they have been a concurrent applicant.
  • » 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 not forfeit preference points by participating in the hunt as a subpermittee or landowner subpermittee.
  • DNR will issue a limited number of Bear Hunting Permits this season that will be valid anywhere in the designated bear hunting area. Each successful applicant may designate one subpermittee who will be allowed to participate in every aspect of the hunt. If hunting on private land, the permittee may designate the landowner as an additional ‘landowner’ subpermittee who will be restricted to hunting on his/her own land. Only one black bear may be harvested by a permittee/subpermittee hunting team.
  • Black bear hunting regulations are available at and are provided to all successful permit applicants.
  • Bear hunters are reminded that the use of any bait or scent attractants is prohibited and any potential bait must be removed at least ten days prior to bear hunting.

2013 Black Bear Seasons & Limits


Open Season


Daily Bag Limit

Season Bag Limit

Black Bear

Oct. 21–Oct. 26

Allegany &
Garrett counties

1 per day with no more than 1 per permitted bear hunting team

1 per season with no more than 1 per permitted bear hunting team

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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