A whopping 55 percent of the 340 available Maryland bear hunting permits went to residents of Garrett and Allegany counties during the lottery in September.
The hunt takes place beginning Oct. 22.
Based upon a new allocation system that favors residents of the two counties where the hunt takes place, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service had predicted that about 50 percent would go to hunters who live there.
This time around, the first 25 percent of the permits (85) went only to Garrett-Allegany residents. People who live in these two counties, but were not drawn in that portion of the lottery, had their names put back in with everybody else for the remaining 255 permits.
The highest percentage of Almost Maryland hunters to be drawn in earlier years was 40 percent in 2010 with 104 of the 260 permits.
In 2011, 37 percent of the permits went to those who live in the hunting area.
Once the entire drawing was completed this year, 64 of the permits were drawn by Allegany countians and 121 were awarded to Garrett residents.
This year, 18 permits went to residents of other states. In 2011, that number was 26. Most of the out-of-state hunters this year live in Pennsylvania. There are three from West Virginia and two from Virginia. The most distant permit holder lives in Georgia.
The maximum number of preference points available was five. A hunter with five preference points would have six chances when this year’s application was included.
Although the drawing did not descend in an absolute proportional manner based upon preference points, it came very close.
• Those with six chances (111 hunters) drew 33 percent of the permits.
• Five chances (45 hunters) drew 13 percent.
• Four chances (54 hunters) drew 16 percent.
• Three chances (49 hunters) drew 14 percent.
• Two chances (49 hunters) drew 14 percent.
• One chance (32 hunters) drew 9 percent.
There were 4,027 applicants who paid $15 each. In addition, $1,675 was donated for reimbursement to farmers for crop damage caused by bears.
This will be Maryland’s ninth bear hunt in modern times. To date, 408 bears have been killed by hunters.
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Bad catfish should be eaten
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive blue and flathead catfish - their negative impact on native fish species and what anglers can
do to help.
Nice first one
Brett Ishler, 16, Frostburg, bagged his first gobbler during the junior spring turkey hunt. The bird had a 9-inch beard and was taken near Westernport. Ishler was accompanied on the hunt by Rodney Lipscomb.
Archery open house planned May 4
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Bowhunters Club will host an archery open house at its Valley Road facility on May 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
Turkey hunting class scheduled
TYRONE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Com- mission will offer a Successful Turkey Hunting course at the Tyrone Sportsmen Association on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meeting set
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will be May 4 at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke. The public is invited to make com- ments. Items on the agenda include:
• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
Fishing rodeo slated
ROCKY GAP — A children’s fishing rodeo will take place at the Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.
Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
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