Pursuant to regulation, successful bear hunters are required to transport their bear to an official bear checking station by 8:00 PM on the day of the kill. However, if a hunter kills a bear and is unable to get it to an official checking station by 8:00 PM on the day of the kill, the hunter must contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service prior to the 8:00 PM deadline by calling 301-334-4255. The hunter will then have 24 hours to report to a designated bear checking station with the bear carcass. Please refer to Black Bear Hunting Regulations for a complete list of regulations pertaining to the Bear Check-in procedures.
At the bear checking stations, wildlife staff will be on hand to examine bears and collect a variety of biological data used to manage the state’s bear population. Data collection at the checking station will include a DNA sample and the extraction of a premolar tooth that will later be analyzed to determine the bear’s age. Hunters will be asked to identify the site of the kill on a map and will receive an official black bear possession tag that will be affixed to each bear as proof of legal harvest.
Directions to the Garrett County (Mount Nebo Wildlife Management Area) Bear Check-in Station:From I-68 at Keyser’s Ridge (exit #14A), take Route 219 South toward Oakland. Travel approximately 23 miles. Mount Nebo is approximately three miles north of Oakland along Route 219. The bear check-in station will be located at the Mount Nebo office complex, situated at the intersection of Route 219.
Directions to the Allegany County (Billmeyer Wildlife Management Area) Bear Check-in Station:From I-68, take the Fifteen Mile Creek Road exit (#62). Follow Fifteen Mile Creek Road/US-40 East for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Mountain Road. Travel approximately 0.3 miles to the check-in station at the Billmeyer Wildlife Management Area work center.
Directions to the Washington/Frederick County (Albert Powell Fish Hatchery) Bear Check-in Station: From I-70 take exit #35 to State Route 66 North and take the first left onto Fish Hatchery Road. Enter the fish hatchery compound and follow the signs to the bear checking area.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)