Hunters reported taking 34,053 deer during the popular two-week firearm deer season. Despite challenging weather conditions, including significant rain and wind on key hunting days, the total harvest was down less than seven percent compared to last season’s two-week total of 36,572 deer. More than 4,000 deer were taken on the few Sundays open during the two-week season, adding support to the ongoing value of Sunday hunting. Read more
The State permanently preserved 165 acres of woodland and eliminated eight developmental rights in Frederick County 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.
Share your adventures using #FirstDayHikes
Kick-start your New Year’s resolution to keep in shape with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you! All 50 states are participating in the fourth annual national event that invites families to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor adventures. Last year, more than 27,000 people covered around 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country. Read more
Project SNOWStorm will track owl’s future voyage
Wildlife experts from DNR, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research released a rehabilitated female snowy owl on the beaches of Assateague State Park on December 11. The team has been caring for and working with the bird since she was found with a wing injury last March in Baltimore. Before her send-off, the owl was outfitted with a small tracking device so her travels could be chronicled through Project SNOWstorm. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police mourns the passing of Liberty, the senior member of the K-9 team, who died Wednesday night at the age of 13.
The yellow Lab was the long-time partner of Sgt. Lisa Nyland, the founder of NRP’s K-9 unit, and was based at the agency’s Hillsboro office in Queen Anne’s County. Liberty’s specialty was detecting human remains and tracking human scent during search-and-rescue missions. Read more
A Kent County waterman whose commercial license was revoked earlier this year was charged Tuesday by Natural Resources Police officers with violating his revocation by fishing for striped bass. Read more
The second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 20 and runs through January 3, 2015. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season.
Matthew Thomas Waddell, 19, of Church Hill, was charged with 12 counts in connection with the theft of deer stands and Canada goose decoys, conspiracy, a break-in and burglary at a Church Hill farm, trespassing, and failing to record a deer kill on his hunting license. He was ordered held on a $20,000 bond. His preliminary hearing in Queen Anne’s District Court is set for Dec. 29. Read more
Newtowne Neck State Park will reopen to public hunting December 15 through February 4, 2015 as part of an interim program for the 2014-2015 season. The site will allow for hunting of small/upland game, deer, turkeys, geese and riparian waterfowl. Read more