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Black Bear Hunting Applications Accepted by Phone Starting August 20

Annapolis, Md. (August 16, 2012) ─ The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be accepting phone-in applications for this year’s black bear hunting permit lottery August 20 to 24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

Online applications for the 2012 Maryland Black Bear Lottery will be accepted 24 hours a day through 11:59 p.m. on August 31 at This year’s black bear hunting season is scheduled for October 22 through 27 in Garrett and Allegany counties. Hunters must apply each year in order to retain their preference points in the permit system.

“Last year, 87 percent of those drawn for a permit had at least one preference point,” said DNR Game Mammal Section Leader Harry Spiker. “Hunters who cannot participate this year may purchase a preference point to ensure additional entries in future lotteries.”

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 Tuesday, September 4 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 will also have the option to voluntarily contribute 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 Fund was established in 1996 and has paid out more than $100,000 in eligible claims to Maryland farmers.

DNR will award 340 bear hunting permits for the 2012 hunting season. Hunters are reminded that the hunt has a harvest quota of 80-110 bears and that the season will close once the quota is reached.

More information is available at

Hunters are invited to follow @MDBlackbear on Twitter.

   August 16, 2012

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

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