Guide to Hunting Black Bears in Maryland 2017


Black Bear Hunting Regulations and 2017 Season and Bag Limits

Maryland Black Bear Hunt Information GraphicWestern Maryland is home to a thriving population of black bears offering hunters a unique chance to hunt Maryland's largest game animal throughout Garrett and Allegany counties. The black bear is challenging to hunt - a master of their environment. They roam vast areas - often traveling several miles a day moving through their environment with an incomparable caution, paying attention to every detail of their surroundings. For a hunter to take a wild black bear is a true achievement. It is possible, though, for you to rise to the challenge and be one of Maryland’s successful bear hunters, even if you are new to bear hunting.

How to Participate in the 2017 Permit Lottery

Explanation of the Preference Point System

An Overview of the Maryland Black Bear Hunting Seasons: 2004-2016

Maryland Black Bear History & Management

Public Land Hunting Opportunities

General Hunting Regulations

Bear Hunting Regulations

Bear Hunting Area

Bear Check-in Stations

Responsible Hunting

Planning Your Bear Hunt

Bear Hunting Techniques

Care of Your Bear

Comments from Maryland Black Bear Hunters

Maryland Black Bear Hunters' Photo Gallery