Maryland Raises 2008 Harvest Quota Numbers

Bear Hunting Magazine

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants hunters to take more black bears this year. Bear Project Manager Harry Spiker says the minimum harvest quota has been raised to 55, up from 50 in 2007. The upper limit is 75, up from 70 last year. The DNR stopped last year's hunt after 51 bears were taken.

The agency began accepting applications Friday, August 1, 2008 for the six-day hunt starting October 20, 2008.

Applications for a bear hunting permit will be accepted online at until Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. Applications also will be accepted Aug. 25 to 29 by calling 1-888-579-6768 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., or by mailing a $15 application fee via credit card, check, or money order to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 30, Cumberland, MD 21501. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and must be received by Sept. 3.

A total of 200 permits will be issued, and the DNR plans to conduct the random drawing for permits in September. Winning applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

There also was a change in Maryland bear permits last year involving preference points for those who are unsuccessful, which would reward those who apply year after year by giving them preference points to improve their odds of drawing a permit.

Hunters who applied last year but did not receive a bear hunting permit will be given an additional entry in this years lottery. This preference point system will continue to provide additional entries in future permit drawings for each consecutive year an person applies. Hunters must apply each year to retain preference points. If an applicant skips a year or is awarded a permit, all preference points are erased.

Applicants also may purchase a preference point. This will allow those hunters who cannot hunt in 2008 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings.

For complete information on the black bear season and application process, visit

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