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July 1, 2011

State bear hunt lottery application opens

Even though the season is still about four months away, the Department of Natural Resources today opened the application period for the black bear hunt lottery. Last year the state received 3,850 applications for 260 permits.

DNR will issue the same number this year, the seventh season since a 51-year moratorium was lifted. To-date, hunters have killed 343 bears, with an overall sucess rate of 12 percent.

The 2011 season, limited to Garrett and Allegany counties, will run from Oct. 24-29, with a quota of 55 to 80 bears. The hunt will end when wildlife managers determine the quota has been met.

Lottery applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 2. Phone applications will be accepted at 1-888-579-6768 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Aug. 22 through Aug. 26.

Regardless of method, only one application per person will be accepted; attempts to enter multiple times will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees. A $15 nonrefundable fee (credit card, check, or money order) must accompany the application. Anyone who fails to pay by noon on Sept. 5 will be removed from the drawing.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 360, Frostburg 21532.

The lottery will again use the Preference Point System. Hunters who apply this year will receive one entry in the random drawing as well as one additional entry for each past consecutive year they have applied since 2007.

Posted by Candus Thomson at 1:19 PM |
About Candus Thomson
In a world of paper vs. plastic and candy mint vs. breath mint, my early memories involved a debate about the merits of freshwater vs. saltwater.

On the one hand, a great uncle’s fishing cabin on the Susquehanna River beckoned, but so did family gatherings on the Jersey Shore.

The correct answer, thankfully, was, “both.”

As The Sun’s outdoors writer for more than a decade, I’ve fished across Maryland in one day, hiked the width of the state in one hour, camped overnight in the median of I-95 to experience the wildlife between the fast lanes and chased mountain bikers in a 24-hour marathon race.

Those are some of the highlights. I’ve also fallen in a raging Gunpowder River during a trout survey (photo available upon request), had a shark spill its guts on my clothes and been stuck in a sub-freezing Vermont wilderness with men armed with flintlocks and hatchets, shuffling along on ancient wooden snowshoes.

And, in my travels I’ve met lots of you, who share a love of the outdoors and the good times and mishaps that go along with it.

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