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The Maryland Black Bear Hunt has Closed

The Maryland Department Natural Resources (DNR) closed the 2013 black bear hunting season at 9 p.m. today with hunters reporting 94 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. The bear hunting season lasted six days in Garrett and Allegany counties.

The average live weight of the bears taken this year was 142 pounds. Mark Martin of Oakland, took the largest bear of the season, a 392-pound male.

The hunt by the numbers:

  • 94 bears taken
  • 70 from Garrett County, 24 from Allegany County
  • 142 lbs. average weight
  • 70 perecent of the bears were taken on private land
  • 748 hunters participated in the hunt and 3,504 hunters applied for a permit

More information about Maryland’s black bear hunt is available here, on Twitter at @MDBlackBear or the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service web page at

The Maryland Natural Resources Police investigated 13 locations for suspected illegal bait. Hunters were observed at seven of those locations and charged with hunting black bears with the aid of bait.  NRP charged a total of 19 individuals with various violations during the 2013 black bear season. Charges included failure to wear fluorescent orange, failure to maintain visual contact and hunting black bears with the aid of bait.

The following individuals were charged during the 2013 hunt:

Shane Lawson Bussard, 33, Clear Spring, MD

Steve Lawson Bussard, 65, Hagerstown, MD

Johnny Allen Crites, 41, Queen Anne, MD

Jeffrey Michael Diseati, 55, Chewsville, MD

Paul Richard Douglas, 55, Bel Air, MD

Bruce Allen Douglas, 47, Baltimore

James Edward Guinn, 45, Mount Savage, MD

Tammy Sue Morgan, 44, Swanton, MD

Terry Dale Morgan, 46, Swanton, MD

Charles Elmer Nace Jr., 85, Glen Burnie, MD

Charles Elmer Nace III, 51, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Nicholas Manuel Quinones, 42, Fairplay, MD

Clinton Eugene Riggleman, 48, Union Bridge, MD

Mark Edward Rodeheaver, 44, McHenry, MD

Timothy William Sadlier, 43, Lavale, MD  21502

Jeremy Thomas Sines, 26, Swanton, MD

Michael Albert Walchshauser, 63, Hagerstown, MD

Robert Henry Walls, 64, Centreville, MD

Michael John Wollard, 51, Hagerstown, MD

Keep up to date with NRP on Twitter via @MDNRPolice and  DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service on Facebook and Twitter @MDDNRWildlife,