One week left to apply for Maryland black bear permits

DNR Only Accepting Online Applications

Annapolis, Md. (Monday, August 29, 2011) — There is less than one
week left to apply online for the 2011 black bear hunting permit
lottery at blackbear.dnr.state.md.us (the deadline for phone-in
applications was August 26). This year’s black bear hunting season
is scheduled for October 24-29 in Garrett and Allegany
counties.

“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.”

Hunters may continue to apply online 24 hours a day through 11:59
p.m. this Friday, September 2. 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
Monday, September 5 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.

Applicants 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 Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund was established in
1996 and has paid out more than $100,000 in eligible claims to
Maryland farmers. Hunters voluntarily donated a total of $1,820 to
the fund during the 2010 lottery.

260 permits will be awarded for the 2011 hunting season. Hunters
are reminded that the hunt has an established harvest quota of
55-80 bears and that the season will close once the quota is
reached.

For more info, please visit: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BlackBearGuide.asp

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