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Carroll County Poacher Placed on “Do Not Hunt” Registry

Christopher Robert Meyer

Christopher Robert Meyer

A Carroll County man convicted of multiple game violations and prohibited from hunting in Maryland for a year has been placed on a suspension list in 44 other states.

Christopher Robert Meyer, 35, of Westminster, was entered this week in the registry for the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact, a reciprocal agreement that recognizes suspension of fishing, hunting and trapping licenses in member states. Read more…

Riparian Property Licensing Now Open

Applications Due by May 31

men hunting on a boat

Riparian (waterfront) property owners, or those with landowner permission, can now submit their applications for offshore waterfowl blind and shoreline licenses. Read more…

Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds

New 16 in 16 Program in Effect through 2016

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Now through the end of 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a half-price incentive to 16-year-old anglers purchasing a fishing license for the first time. In Maryland, anglers under the age of 16 are not required to possess licenses.  Read more…

Enhancing Maryland’s Working Waterfronts

Department Awards Three Grants

Photo of Annapolis waterfront

Photo by Allan Napfel

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has awarded three municipalities—Talbot County, the City of Annapolis and the Town of Rock Hall—with financial and technical assistance for projects through the new Working Waterfronts Program. These one-year projects will begin in early to mid February with the goal of enhancing and preserving their waterfront communities.

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Natural Resources Police, Fire Divers Recover Bodies of Severn River Duck Hunters

NRP LogoThe bodies of two duck hunters, who drowned last month when their boat capsized in the Severn River, were recovered today not far from where they were last seen, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported. Read more…

Nearly 3,500 Acres on Eastern Shore Added to Chesapeake Forest Land

Program Open Space Acquisition to Benefit Maryland’s Natural Resource-Based Economiesforest

In one of the largest acquisitions of its kind, the Board of Public Works today approved funding to secure 3,486 acres of prime forest land on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore for economic, environmental and recreational purposes. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will manage the property as part of its Chesapeake Forest Lands, helping to preserve the state’s sustainable forest products industry. Read more…

84,022 Deer Harvested in Maryland during 2015-2016 Hunting Season

Harvest Declined 3 Percent from Last Year

 Deer in the woods. Photo by Douglas E. George

Photo by Douglas E. George

Maryland hunters harvested slightly less deer than last year during the combined archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons (Sept. 11, 2015 through Jan. 30, 2016), according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The harvest of 84,022 deer represents a 3 percent decrease from last year’s total of 86,883. Biologists attribute the slight decline to reduced deer numbers in some rural areas and poor weather conditions, which impeded hunting. Read more…

Body Identified in Boating Accident Near Bay Bridge

NRP LogoNote: headline was corrected 2-5-16 at 6:42 p.m.

A body recovered at the mouth of the Choptank River has been identified as the boater who fell from his sailboat on New Year’s Eve just north of the Bay Bridge, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said. Read more…

Oyster and Waterfowl Poachers Caught by Natural Resources Police

Three Charles County men were charged with multiple hunting violations after officers found them with 24 geese over the limit.

Three Charles Co. men were found with 24 geese over the limit.

Illegal goose hunting and oyster poaching were among the cases handled recently by the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Read more…

Spring Trout Stocking Begins in Maryland Streams and Lakes

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service will stock about 338,000 rainbow, golden and brown trout throughout the state beginning in February.

Following the popularity of previous years’ weekly deliveries to Antietam Creek, department crews will do the same during the spring stocking season at Bear Creek in Garrett County, South Branch Patapsco River at River Road in Carroll County and at Lake Artemesia in Prince George’s County. Read more…

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