Bear Hunters' Guide to Hunting Black Bears in Maryland 2012
Black Bear Hunting Regulations
DNR’s objective for the 2012 bear hunting season is to continue
hunting bears in an effort to slow the growth of Maryland’s black
bear population in western Maryland. The
2012 bear hunting season dates are October 22 – October 27, 2012
(dependent upon quota). DNR will issue 340 bear hunting permits with a quota
of 80 to 110 bears and will close out hunting when the quota is reached.
Who May Hunt
Only holders of a bear hunting permit and their
designated subpermittees may hunt black bear. In addition to the
2012 bear hunting permit, all hunters must also possess the
appropriate regular Maryland hunting license.
One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Area Open to Bear Hunting
All of Garrett and Allegany counties.
Application Process for the 2012 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit
Legal Hunting Devices
Only those hunting devices that are legal for deer hunting are
legal for bear hunting.
Firearms, Bow & Falconry Regulations.
Bear Tagging and Checking Requirements
All bear hunters and anyone assisting a bear hunter are required to wear
A subpermittee may hunt black bears only when the permittee is
hunting black bears. Landowner subpermittee permits are valid only
on the landowner’s property. Landowner subpermittees cannot hunt
their property without the permittee being present on the
landowner’s property at the time of the hunt.
Contact Between Hunters
A permittee and any subpermittee shall maintain visual contact
with one another while hunting black bears. The use of audio
enhancement devices such as radios or cell phones are not considered
A person that assists with the removal of a dead bear or escorts
hunters into or out of a bear hunting area is not required to
possess a Bear Hunting Permit. However, they must be unarmed and
wear fluorescent orange.
Bears in Dens
Hunters may not chase or disturb any bear that has taken refuge
in a den.
Use of Dogs
The use of dogs for hunting black bears is prohibited, except
under the following circumstances:
The use of any bait, scent attractants or electronic calls is
prohibited for black bear hunting.
Sale of Bear Parts
Hunters may not sell parts of any bear that has been killed in
Bear Hunting Season Closure
DNR will issue 340 bear hunting permits for the 2012 bear hunting season.
DNR has established a quota of 80 to 110 bears for the 2012 hunting season.
Once the harvest objective (quota) is reached, WHS will close the
season. After the season closure, it will be illegal for any person
who possesses a bear hunting permit to further hunt bears.
Only those successful applicants who have never attended a
pre-hunt meeting are required to attend one in 2012. Pre-hunt
meeting attendance is optional for those successful applicants who
have attended in the past. The date, time, and location of the
pre-hunt meeting will be mailed to successful applicants with their