Bear Hunters' Guide to Hunting Black Bears in Maryland 2014
Black Bear Hunting Regulations
NEW for 2014: DNR has eliminated the quota system. The 2014 bear hunting season will run from October 20th through October 23rd. Bear hunters will NOT be required to call a hotline daily to determine whether the hunt will remain open. DNR’s objective for the 2014 bear hunting season is to continue hunting bears in an effort to slow the growth of Maryland’s black bear population in western Maryland.
Who May Hunt
Only holders of a bear hunting permit and their
designated subpermittees may hunt black bear. In addition to the
2014 bear hunting permit, all hunters must also possess the
appropriate regular Maryland hunting license.
One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Area Open to Bear Hunting
All of Garrett and Allegany counties.
Application Process for the 2014 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit
Legal Hunting Devices
Only those hunting devices that are legal for deer hunting are
legal for bear hunting.
Firearms, Bow & Falconry Regulations.
Bear Tagging and Checking Requirements
All bear hunters and anyone assisting a bear hunter are required to wear
A subpermittee may hunt black bears only when the permittee is
hunting black bears.
Contact Between Hunters
New for 2014: Permittees and subpermittees are no longer required to maintain visual contact with one another while hunting black bears. No more than one bear may be harvested by a permittee/subpermittee team of hunters.
A person that assists with the removal of a dead bear or escorts
hunters into or out of a bear hunting area is not required to
possess a Bear Hunting Permit. However, they must be unarmed and
wear fluorescent orange.
Bears in Dens
Hunters may not chase or disturb any bear that has taken refuge
in a den.
Use of Dogs
The use of dogs for hunting black bears is prohibited, except
under the following circumstances:
The use of any bait, scent attractants or electronic calls is prohibited for black bear hunting. Bear hunters are reminded that the use of any bait or scent attractants is prohibited and any potential bait must be removed at least ten days prior to bear hunting.
Sale of Bear Parts
Hunters may not sell parts of any bear that has been killed in