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Striped Bass Survey Reveals Healthy 2014 Reproduction

Maryland Fisheries biologists counting juvenile striped bass

Maryland Fisheries biologists counting juvenile striped bass

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2014 juvenile index ─ a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average of 11.7. The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish. Read more

Fall Turkey Season to Open in Western Maryland

Fall-GobblersMaryland’s fall turkey season will open November 1 and continue through November 8, 2014. Fall turkey hunting is only permitted in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey of either sex per hunter. Read more

DNR to Host Public Meetings on Proposed No Discharge Zone for Chester River

Photo by Al Saxon

The State is accepting public comment on possibly designating the Chester River and its tributaries as a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) ─ an area where both treated and untreated sewage discharges from vessels are prohibited. The Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment, in cooperation with the Chester River Association, are planning to apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for the designation. Read more

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24
Oct

The Maryland Black Bear Hunt has Closed

Bonnie Kelley and Bear

Bonnie Kelley, 71, of Accident, with the first bear of the season.

 The 11th annual Maryland black bear hunt concluded Thursday evening, with a total of 69 bears harvested.

For the first time, the hunt was carried out as a four-day season instead of being guided by a predetermined quota.

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24
Oct

NRP Seeks Public’s Help in Catching Bald Eagle Shooter

The recovered eagle was shot and later died.

The recovered eagle later died from its injuries.                Photo credit: Maryland Yacht Club

Maryland Natural Resources Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person who shot a bald eagle in Pasadena last month that later died.

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21
Oct

NRP Charges Frederick, Garrett County Hunters with Violations

Maryland Natural Resource Police logo

The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged seven people in Frederick County and one man in Garrett County with hunting violations. Read more »

20
Oct

Drivers Should be Alert for Deer as Activity Increases

Photo by Dwight Burdette

Cooling temperatures, colorful leaves and unpredictable deer ─ all surefire signs that fall is upon us. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife as these animals seek fall food supplies and search for mates. Read more »

20
Oct

NRP Academy Class Graduates, Agency Gains 21 New Officers

Graduating Officers Dressed in uniform

Graduating Officers

The ranks of the Maryland Natural Resources Police grew by 21 with the graduation Saturday of the latest class of recruits.

The new officers took their oath, administered by Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, at Chesapeake College before a large audience of family and friends. Read more »

17
Oct

DNR to Host Deer Cooperator Workshop

Deer in a field of high grassThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host a workshop for individuals interested in becoming Deer Cooperator Permit holders at 9 a.m. on November 12 at Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area in LaPlata.

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17
Oct

DNR Announces Two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

youth-huntingYoung hunters can hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult November 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015. During these two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult. 

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16
Oct

West Ocean City Harbor Receive National Recognition for Boating Access

(L to R) DNR's Boating Federal Project Leader Li Lan Carson and SOBA President Janine Belleque

(L to R) DNR Boating Federal Project Leader Li Lan Carson and SOBA President Janine Belleque

After undergoing major renovations in 2011, the West Ocean City Harbor, which provides top notch boating access to the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland’s Coastal Bays, earned the national Outstanding Large Project Award. The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the award last week to project partners ─ the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Worcester County ─ at its annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read more »

15
Oct

Maryland Approves Recreational Projects across the State

biking newAnne Arundel, Frederick, Kent and Washington counties will soon receive funding for recreational enhancements through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting. Read more »

15
Oct

Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County

Photo of a farm by Sabine Dickens

Photo by Sabine Dickens

The State permanently preserved 52 acres of woodland, eliminating one developmental right, through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Gunpowder Falls Rural Legacy Area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »