Bear – Fish & Hunt


Black bear hunting in Maryland is generally restricted to the western region of the state. The mountainous terrain and untouched wildlands in this area is ideal habitat for bear, and offers excellent hunting opportunities. A challenging hunt, black bear roam vast areas with intense awareness of their surroundings. For a hunter to take a wild black bear is a true achievement.

105697583Black bear are located primarily in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties. Populations are highest in Garrett and Allegany counties, with numbers continuing to rise throughout the western region of Maryland. Although evidence of a breeding population is confined to the western four counties, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources receives several bear sightings and complaints in central and southern Maryland counties each year. Bears are the largest mammals in Maryland. Adult bears usually weigh between 125 and 400 pounds, although bears weighing 600 pounds or more are not uncommon.

Black bear season is open only for a few days in October, and only to lottery winners. Lucky winners of licenses will be allowed to hunt in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick Counties.

For information on seasons, sizes and bag limits, click HERE.

Obtaining a black bear hunting license involves an application process and a lottery system. Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources issues a limited number of permits that are valid within designated bear hunting areas (Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties). Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Bear Seasons and Regulations page for more information.

Simple, quick, and at the palm of your hand, DNR’s app is the easiest way to for both residents and non-residents to get a Maryland hunting license. Download the app on your smartphone (MD DNR), click Apply for License, and enroll. From the app, you can also register any kills, post photos, and check for regulations updates. Or, you can apply for a license through Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website.

A Regular Hunting License, Junior Hunting License, any Senior Hunting License, or a Nonresident (full term or short term) Hunting License is required to hunt migratory game birds in Maryland. All migratory game bird hunters, including those who are exempt from the hunting license requirement, must purchase a Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp. In addition, all waterfowl and coot hunters over the age of 15, including those who are exempt from the hunting license requirement, must purchase a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. For information on Licenses, Stamps, & Permits including descriptions, prices, and availability click HERE.

Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website for a complete list of seasons and bag limits.

Money generated from the sale of licenses goes directly to the conservation, protection, and preservation of Maryland’s natural habitat and cherished wildlife. Maryland DNR works tirelessly to maintain a healthy population of fish and game, and the regulations needed to sustain fishing and hunting in Maryland. Changes in regulations, dates, and requirements vary year-to-year. Please check with DNR frequently for the most up-to-date information.