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Black bear hunt lottery now open

Black bear hunt lottery now open

By Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Applications for the 2021 black bear hunt lottery are now open. The application deadline is Aug. 31, and the drawing will be held Sept. 3. There will be 950 hunting permits issued this year.

Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season Oct. 25-29 which will take place in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

The annual bear hunt, now in its 18th year, is an important management tool used to slow the increase of Maryland’s black bear population and limit expansion of Maryland bears into the eastern suburbs and cities.

“Maryland’s closely regulated, sustainable black bear hunt has been helping us achieve our management goal of limiting the growth of our bear population, while ensuring a secure and sustainable future for this remarkable species,” said Paul Peditto, Wildlife and Heritage Service director.

Hunters may apply for the lottery online or at one of more than 250 hunting and fishing license agents across the state.

Hunters also need a valid DNR ID number to participate.

All entries must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31 and must be accompanied by a $15 nonrefundable application fee. Only one application per person will be accepted; submitting duplicate applications can result in disqualification and forfeiture. Winners will be notified shortly after the Sept. 3 drawing.

The Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund is open for voluntary contributions by hunters when they apply for permits. The fund directly reimburses Maryland farmers who have suffered agricultural damage caused by black bears. Since the fund was started 25 years ago, it has paid more than $130,000 in eligible claims.

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