With the beginning of the fall hunting seasons now only a few weeks away, if you are at all interested in applying for a black bear permit, the time is fast approaching.
The dates for the bear season this fall are Oct. 23-28 and Dec. 4-9. It's not likely the days in December will be needed. The season is more likely to be closed after a day or two.
A change for this fall is that the bear season will be open in all of Garrett and Allegany counties. This is a change from previous seasons, when the open area included only part of Allegany County.
As in past seasons, applications for a permit can be made via the Web site http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us or by phone. Applications for the bear hunting permits will be accepted online from Aug. 1 through Sept. 1.