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Three West Virginia Men Charged with Illegal Hunting

Illegal deer hunting topped the cases handled in recent days by the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Read more…

Deer Hunters Have Successful Opening Weekend

24 Percent Harvest Increase Aided by Good Weather Sunday

Hunters reported harvesting 13,488 deer on the opening weekend of the 2016 Maryland firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The harvest represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s estimate of 10,859 for the same period. The total includes 6,159 antlered and 7,329 antlerless deer with sika deer comprising 224 of the antlered and 232 of the antlerless totals. The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 10. Read more…

Staff Investigates Stranded Manatee in Baltimore

Department Urges Residents to Report Uncommon Marine Animals

_dsc0001-1-3Following a recent stranding of a manatee in Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds state residents to report any sightings of uncommon marine mammals and wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, sea turtles or whales. The public can report sightings and strandings anytime to 800-628-9944. Read more…

Fair Hill Seeks to Upgrade Facilities to Attract New Equestrian Events

State and Stakeholders Committed to Enhancing Facility

Over the last several months, a variety of stakeholders have begun discussions with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources regarding implementation of the 2015 Maryland Horse Park System Study, which recommended Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area as an ideal equestrian field event venue.

The interest was prompted by new information about the economic value of Maryland’s horse industry as well as an invitation to submit a proposal to host a new world class equestrian competition. Read more…

Maryland Department of Natural Resources App Receives Top Honors

App Provides All the Information and Services Outdoor Enthusiasts Need on the Go
iphonegraphicThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to be among the winners recently announced in the 2016 MarCom Awards competition. The department’s AccessDNR mobile app was awarded the Platinum MarCom Award, the competition’s highest honor, in the “App for Information” category.

Aviation Unit Returns to the Department of Natural Resources

 Natural 1 to Complement Conservation and Enforcement Efforts

dsc_0065With deer hunting season and oyster harvesting reaching their peaks, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has added a new conservation enforcement tool to its fleet: its own helicopter.

The black-and-gold aircraft, Natural 1, has resumed its place after a seven-year absence on the department’s roster. Read more…

Oyster Poacher Charged with New Violations

Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers secured a guilty verdict in a highly publicized deer poaching case and charged a banned oysterman with new violations in recent days. Read more…

Recreational Oyster Season Continues in Maryland

Did you know that you can harvest fresh Maryland oysters right from the Chesapeake Bay in time for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s true; the recreational oyster harvest season is now underway and Maryland residents can harvest up to one bushel of oysters a day each day now through March 31, 2017. Read more…

Elevated Risk of Wildfires in Maryland

Firefighters Spent Weekend Battling Blazes

img_0437With this fall’s high winds and dry foliage, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises citizens to use caution in outdoor fire activities and postpone unnecessary open-air burnings. Wildfires occur in every month in Maryland but generally peak in the spring and fall. Read more…

Firearm Deer Season to Open in Maryland

Most Popular Hunting Season Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 10

53The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the two-week firearm deer season opens Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 10. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this season. Read more…

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