— WHAT’S THE SAME?
There continues to be a $15 nonrefundable application fee. The hunting area is all of Garrett and Allegany counties. Residents of those two counties are favored, being awarded the first 25 percent of the 450 permits. “All-Gar” residents not drawn in that initial phase get tossed back in to compete with everybody else for the remaining 75 percent of the ducats.
During the most recent hunt, 70 bears were killed in Garrett County and 24 in Allegany.
The hunt will take place during the same week in October as in the past. This year the season is Oct. 20-23.
The baiting of bears continues to be illegal.
The bonus-point system remains in place.
Applicants who are not drawn will receive a bonus point that will provide additional opportunity the following year.
Those bonus points accumulate unless the hunter is drawn or does not apply, at which point they are lost.
In 2013, there were 3,504 applicants.
Contact Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers at msawyers@timesnews. com.