The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced earlier this week that hunters wishing to participate in the first black bear hunt in 51 years this fall can now apply for the permit lottery. The hunt will take place Oct. 25-30 and Dec. 6-11 in Garrett County and those areas west of Evitts Creek in Allegany County. Bear hunting permits will be made available through a random drawing process. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 7-21. Anyone wishing to apply for the drawing can do so by calling 1-888-579-6768 or online at http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us/ . To apply, each applicant must pay a $15 nonrefundable application fee and may only enter once. Applicants must posses a valid Hunter Safety Certificate or have held a hunting license prior to July 1, 1977 or hunted on private property prior to July 1, 1977 to apply. The drawing will be held on Sept. 22 and all applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.
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