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Exciting Exhibits and Expanded Schedule Set for Maryland State Fair

Natural Resources Hosting Live Demonstrations and Programs

Maryland State Fair

The birds are back! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that their feathered friends from the popular Scales and Tales Program will return to the Timonium Fairgrounds this year for the Maryland State Fair (Aug. 26-Sept. 5).  Read more…

Department Awards Funding for Stream Education and Study

Engages Students in the Health of the Chesapeake Bay and Local WaterwaysStream

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today awarded $200,000 to four nonprofit organizations dedicated to engaging students in monitoring, studying and restoring local streams and waterways.

The four Explore and Restore Maryland Streams funding recipients will work with seven different counties, reaching over 7,000 students and 120 teachers at more than 50 schools throughout the state. The recipients are: Read more…

Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations Announced

Site Location Lottery Starts on August 2


Starting August 2, Maryland resident hunters can apply for a 2016-2017 waterfowl blind site license. Opening-day applicants will be entered into a lottery for a chance to select their sites. Each blind site license is assigned to a designated location in Maryland waters, where hunters can anchor their boats to hunt waterfowl.  Read more…

Maryland Hunter, Virginia Crabber Charged

Richard Norman Warren

Richard Norman Warren

Fisheries and wildlife infractions highlighted a few cases recently handled by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

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Department Hosts First Oyster Advisory Commission Meeting

Members Charged with Reviewing Current Policies and Crafting Recommendations

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources yesterday held the first public meeting of the newly reconstituted Oyster Advisory Commission, where members discussed the current state of the oyster population, were briefed on the soon-to-be-released five-year oyster management review report and were provided their charge and mission from Secretary Mark Belton. Read more…

Nine-Year-Old Sets New Maryland Fishing Record

94.6-pound Cobia Caught by 65-pound Emma Zajdel

Nine-year-old Emma Zadjel with her record-setting cobia

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that Emma Zajdel, 9, of Ocean City, has set a new state fishing record with a 94.6-pound cobia. Read more…

Natural Resources Police Blotter: Impaired Boaters Charged

A waterman and two seafood dealers were charged and three impaired boaters were arrested in recent cases brought by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Patrol Boat

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Shooter Qualification Schedule Released


Qualification Necessary to Participate in Managed Deer Hunting Programs

The 2016-17 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 30 firearm qualification sessions at 16 locations across the state, from Allegany to Queen’s Anne County. These events allow hunters to take the necessary proficiency test required to obtain a Shooter Qualification Card in order to participate in many of the managed deer hunts scheduled for the fall and winter. Read more…

Practice Safe Boating this Holiday Weekend

PatrollingThe goal this July 4th weekend for the Maryland Natural Resources Police is simple: fewer boating accidents.

The game plan is direct: officers will be going all-out on the state’s waterways, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Two Poachers Banned from Striped Bass Fishery

Additional Restrictions Placed on Commercial Fishing Activity

Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers

Two Talbot County watermen convicted of poaching and selling nearly $500,000 of striped bass over four years have received lifetime bans from taking part in that fishery by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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AccessDNR July 2016
The July 2016 edition of a monthly video newsletter hosted by Anna Lucente-Hoffmann.