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Maryland Tree Nursery Now Accepting Orders

Authentic Wye Oak Seedlings Available

Tired of mowing? Consider converting part of your grasslands to woodlands with trees from the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

New this year are Beautyberry Shrub seedlings – Maryland native plants – which beautify landscapes and improve habitat, as well as authentic Wye Oak seedlings. Read more…

Two Men Arrested for Illegal Deer Hunting

Two men were arrested for deer poaching activities in separate cases in Kent and Washington counties by Maryland Natural Resources Police officers. Read more…

Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Opens

Hunters Reminded to Practice Tree Stand Safety

43The first segment of Maryland’s Muzzleloader Deer Season opens statewide Oct. 20. It is one of several deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically occurs during some of the finest fall weather.

The early muzzleloader season runs from Oct. 20-22 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A consists of Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties (private land codes 250 and 251), and Region B is the rest of the state. Hunters in Region B can also use muzzleloaders from Oct. 24-29 for antlerless deer only. Read more…

Off-Road Vehicle Trail Approved for Garrett County

Department of Natural Resources to Construct Project in Savage River State Forest

Western Maryland Recreational Access and Trail RestorationThe Board of Public Works unanimously approved today the construction of several projects within Savage River State Forest, including the development of the state’s first modern off-road vehicle trail. The trail will include the first-ever campsite designed to support off-highway vehicle riders. Other features will include single-track hare scramble style trail sections, technical trail spurs, internal loops, vehicular pull-offs and in another first – a full size rock crawl area. Read more…

Board of Public Works Approves Rural Legacy Program Grants

Enhanced Funding Helps Preserve and Protect 4,615 Acres

The Board of Public Works unanimously adopted a Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommendation today to approve 15 Rural Legacy Program grants, totaling $17,663,385, to permanently preserve approximately 4,615 acres of working farms, forests and open space across the state, from Garrett to Wicomico County. Read more…

Deer Hunting Opens at Myrtle Point Park Cooperative Wildlife Management Area

County, State Partnership Provides New Bowhunting Opportunity

myrtlepointparkA new partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and St. Mary’s County will now permit deer hunting at Myrtle Point Park. Approximately 141 acres of the 192-acre park in California, Md. will be open to regulated archery activity, effective immediately. Read more…

Striped Bass Survey Indicates Below-Average Reproduction

Results Follow Very Successful Spawning Year in 2015

gv_ji_net_deployThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 2016 young-of-the-year striped bass index, a measure of bass spawning success in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay is 2.2, well below the 63-year average of 11.7. The index represents the average number of less than 1 year old fish caught in 132 samples during the Juvenile Striped Bass Survey. Read more…

Fall Trout Stocking Begins in Maryland

25,000 Trout to be Released in October

Trout StockingThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources began stocking brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers this week as part of its annual fall trout stocking activities. Approximately 25,000 trout will be stocked by the end of October. Read more…

Chronic Wasting Disease Rules Altered

Management Area Expanded; Baiting Rules Relaxed

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that chronic wasting disease regulations were updated earlier this year after five white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease in Allegany County. One of the deer was harvested near Cumberland, approximately 10 miles west of all previous cases. It was the first documented case outside of the original management area. Read more…

Two Men Charged with 73 Counts of Illegal Hunting

gallano-johnson-wanton-wasteTwo men who killed eight deer in a single evening in Baltimore and Howard counties have been charged with 73 counts of illegal hunting by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

John Dimingo Gallano IV, 20, of Pasadena, and Christopher Michael Johnson, 20, of Halethorpe, were charged last Friday after a year-long investigation. Read more…

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