News from the DNR Office of Communications

Black Bear Hunting Permit Applications Now Accepted By Phone

Annapolis, Md. (August 23, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting phone-in applications from hunters wishing to participate in this year’s black bear hunting permit lottery. Applications will be accepted over the phone between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from August 23 through August 27 ONLY. Applicants may call 1-888-579-6768 to apply. This year’s black bear hunting season is scheduled for October 25 through October 30 in Garrett and Allegany counties.

Applications are currently being accepted online at Hunters may continue to apply online 24 hours a day through 11:59 p.m. on September 1. All applicants must submit a $15 nonrefundable application fee via credit card, check, or money order. Checks and money orders must be received by 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 2 and 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 the loss of all fees.

“Hunters are reminded to apply each year in order to retain their preference points in the permit system,” said Harry Spiker, Game Mammal Section Leader for DNR. “Hunters who cannot hunt this year are still encouraged to purchase a preference point to ensure additional entries in future lotteries.”

Applicants will also have the option of voluntarily contributing to the Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund when they apply for a permit. Donations will be used to directly reimburse Maryland farmers who have suffered agricultural damage caused by black bears. The Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund was established in 1996 and has paid out more than $100,000 in eligible claims to Maryland farmers.

260 bear hunting permits will be awarded for the 2010 hunting season. Hunters are reminded that the hunt has an established harvest quota of 65-90 bears and that the season will close once this quote is reached.

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   August 23, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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