Maryland Black Bear Lottery

Just got this info today, put in your applications to hunt black bear in Maryland until August 31st for your chance to hunt black bears from Oct 22-27 2012:

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications to participate in this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits through August 31. Permit applications issued will be valid for this year’s black bear hunting season, which will take place October 22 through October 27.

 

APPLY NOW! Go to: http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us/

 

Registrations will also be accepted by phone between August 20 and August 24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

 

Read what last year’s hunters had to say: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Testimonials.asp

 

See photos from prior hunts: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Photos.asp (Later this year, it could be you in one of those photos).

 

If you have never hunted black bear before, DNR has created a content area for everything Maryland Black Bear (including videos, photos, how-to information), visit our online resource: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BlackBearGuide.asp


This year’s hunt will follow the same successful model we’ve used for the previous bear hunting seasons.

The application process will follow the Preference Point System for bear hunting permit applications that DNR implemented in 2007. Hunters who apply this year will receive one entry in the random drawing as well as one additional entry for each past consecutive year they have applied. Therefore, those hunters who applied unsuccessfully in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 will receive six entries in the drawing when they apply this year. The following rules also apply:

  • Applicants must apply each year to retain preference points. If an applicant skips a year, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • Once an applicant is selected to receive a bear hunting permit in the random drawing, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • If an applicant is selected in the random drawing, but forfeits the permit, all preference points will be forfeited.
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a preference point. This will allow those hunters who cannot hunt in 2012 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings.

The opportunity to hunt black bears in Maryland remains limited to Garrett and Allegany counties.

Online applications for the Maryland Black Bear Lottery are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. (almost midnight) on Friday, August 31. 

To apply, a $15 non-refundable application fee must be submitted via credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be received by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 360, Frostburg, MD 21532.

Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.

 

Thank you

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Maryland Black Lottery Customer Service
Office of Communications
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

580 Taylor Avenue, D4 Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8014
Fax: 410-260-8024
blackbear@dnr.state.md.us

 
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Moose Hunting Closure in BC

Camouflage Is Always in Season at Tractor Supply Company

Open Letter to Resident Hunters re: Moose Population Region 5 

 

The Tl’etinqox-t’in have announced a no-hunting area for the Anaham Range, except for Tsilhqot’in hunters and Tl’etinqox-t’in members who have guide operations.  The rationale for this announcement is low moose populations.

 

Recent inventory (2011/12) has shown significant declines in parts of Regions 5, 6 and 7a.  Many of these declines are associated with large-scale salvage logging for mountain pine beetle.  There has been a significant increase in wolf populations in all of these areas according to First Nations, trappers, outfitters, resident hunters, and other outdoor users.   The Province has put together a task force to deal with the declines in moose populations.

 

While unfortunate, this decline in moose demonstrates the reality of budget cuts and funding shortfalls for  wildlife management in British Columbia. Basic management functions are on life support and have been for more than a decade.  Creating healthy and abundant wildlife populations collaboratively rather than fighting over what remains should be the approach taken by all parties.

 

As a resident hunter, you can drive positive change by contacting your local MLA.  A face to face meeting is best, followed by letters and emails. Make sure you request a reply.  Remember, your MLA works for you.  There are two issues that need to be addressed:

 

The hierarchy for allocation of fish and wildlife harvest is:

1)       Conservation

2)       First Nations needs for food, social and ceremonial purposes

3)       Resident Hunter

4)       Non-Resident Hunter (guide-outfitter operations)

 

1.  If there is sufficient moose to allow a harvest after conservation and First Nations needs are met, will government ensure resident hunters have the opportunity to hunt in all crown land areas where a harvestable surplus exists?

 

2.  How much money is going to be committed to moose recovery and what is the timeframe?

 

 Government has treated fishing and hunting in British Columbia as a cash cow for decades with little to no investment in the future.  When you manage businesses in this manner, failure is the predictable outcome.

 

In many of these areas moose have generally been declining since the late 70s/early 80s.  Moose recovery in these areas needs to be well funded (millions of dollars) and on the ground efforts need to start in 2013.  The expectation is moose experts provide research and that their recommendations are not overridden by politics.  The over-arching goal is to establish moose populations which are consistent with levels seen in the early 80s when healthy and abundant moose populations existed.

 

Contact your MLA and ensure they support and adequately fund science-based fish and wildlife management in British Columbia.  The declines in moose are only a symptom of a much bigger problem which affects all wildlife. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact BCWF Wildlife Committee Chair.