MOUNT NEBO — There were 3,504 applicants for Maryland’s 380 bear hunting permits this year. That is a decrease of 523 from the 4,027 applicants in 2012.
At $15 per application, a revenue drop off of $7,845 was experienced by the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
The only other year that applications decreased was in 2005, the second year of the hunt, when 2,192 were received. The first hunt took place in 2004 and 2,272 hunters applied.
The hunt takes place Oct. 21-26, but can be stopped earlier once the harvest range of 95 to 130 bears has been achieved.