Skip to Main Content Skip to Main Navigation
Join the Griffin's Guide HUNTING newsletter

Get weekly news, tips and photos from the world of hunting.
[contact-form-7 id="35884" title="GG Email"]
No Thanks!

Bear Hunting

Brought to you by:

Application Process for the 2012 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit

  • Bear Hunting Permits will be made available through a random drawing process. Applications for the Bear Hunting Permits will be accepted online from July 1–August 31, 2012 (24/7) at: Telephone applications will be accepted from August 20–August 24, 2012 by calling 1-888-579-6768 between the hours of 9am–5:30pm.
  • 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 4, 2012 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.

2012 Black Bear Seasons & Limits


Open Season


Daily Bag Limit

Season Bag Limit

Black Bear

Oct. 22–Oct. 27

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.

Return to the home page
Brought to you by:
Conservation Partner Advertisements: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources allows appropriate advertising in its annual regulation guides in print and online, in order to defray or eliminate expenses to the state, and support enhanced communications with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Constituents. Through a unique partnership with J.F.Griffin Publishing, LLC &, ‘Conservation Partners’ have been established that pay for advertising in support of the regulations both in print and online. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources neither endorses products or services listed or claims made; nor accepts any liability arising from the use of products or services listed. Advertisers interested in the Conservation Partners program should contact J.F.Griffin/ directly at 413-884-1001,
This is not the full law. Consult the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for further details. All persons are reminded that the statutes, code and regulations are the legal authorities.
JF Griffin Media
J.F. Griffin Media reaches 9,000,000 sportsmen every year through our print and digital publications. We produce 30 hunting and fishing regulation guides for 15 state agencies. For advertising information, please visit: