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Application Process for the 2014 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit

  • The 2014 Maryland Black Bear Lottery will be open to receive applications Monday, July 14th through Sunday, August 31st. Hunters will be able to apply through their DNR COMPASS account at
    http://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal or via telephone at 1-855-855-3906.
  • 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, 2014 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.
  • DNR will issue a limited number of Bear Hunting Permits this season that will be valid anywhere in the designated bear hunting area (Garrett and Allegany counties). Each successful applicant may designate up to two sub-permittees who will be allowed to participate in every aspect of the hunt. Only one black bear may be harvested by a permittee/subpermittee hunting team.
  • NEW this year: The 2014 bear hunt will be four days long (October 20 – 23). DNR will no longer be utilizing a quota system to manage the hunt. Hunters will not be required to call a hotline every evening to determine the status of the hunt.
  • Black bear hunting regulations are available at http://dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/BearHunt_BearRegs.asp 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.

2014 Black Bear Seasons & Limits

Species

Open Season

Location

Daily Bag Limit

Season Bag Limit

Black Bear

Oct. 20–Oct. 23

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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