CUMBERLAND — There will be 380 Maryland bear hunting permits issued this year and the harvest range will be 95-130 for the October hunt, the state’s 10th such season of modern time.
A year ago there were 340 permits and the harvest range was 85-110. As in the past, bear hunting will be restricted to Garrett and Allegany counties and applicants who live in those counties will receive the first 95 permits. Applicants from Garrett and Allegany who do not receive any of the first 95 permits will go back into the mix with all applicants for the remaining 285 permits.
The season will take place Oct. 21-26.
“The bear population is continuing to grow,” said Harry Spiker of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
The online application period will be July 1 through Aug. 31, although technical difficulties could slightly delay the onset, according to Spiker. Apply at http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee.
The lottery drawing will take place Sept. 3. A year ago, 4,027 hunters applied for the 340 permits. During five days of hunting, 92 bears were killed.
Spiker pointed out that even at the low end of the 2013 harvest range, a record kill will be set this year.
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