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November 19, 2012

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Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management Area Opens to Hunting

by kpeterson

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has opened a new deer hunting area in Anne Arundel County. The 546 acre Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management Area (CWMA) will open for regulated deer hunting beginning on Nov 26, 2012 and running through Jan 31, 2013.  Deer hunting only is permitted at Crownsville CWMA. The program will follow established season dates and bag limits found in the 2012-2013 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.

The new program is designed to provide managed-access to the site through a partnership with DNR and Anne Arundel County Parks. Anne Arundel County Parks acquired this property in 2009. At that time, the Maryland Board of Public Works required development of a CWMA as a mandatory condition of the transfer.

To access to Crownsville CWMA, hunters will need to have a seasonal permit and daily reservations. Hunters must park in designated parking areas only. Additional information about Crownsville CWMA and the DNR Southern Region Public Hunting Reservation System is available online or by phone at the Myrtle Grove WMA office at 301-743-5161.

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    1. John Sulewski
      Nov 21 2012

      This is a grat piece of property and I appreciate the opening to hunting.

      Thank you

      John

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    2. Trevor Lewis
      Dec 15 2012

      I greatly appreciate that this property was opened to hunting, thanks to all involved. Hunting opportunities are limited in this part of the state. It would be great if other game could be pursued as well. I would love to have a close location to bring my son squirrel hunting. Small game hunting is how most of us get our start!

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      • kking
        Dec 18 2012

        Trevor,
        Your comment has been forwarded to our Wildlife and Heritage unit. Thanks for your input!

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    3. Rick Smith
      Jan 13 2013

      I live in Maryland, but hunt in Pennsylvania. I’m not familiar with Maryland regulations.
      Is this area archery only? Shotgun? Rifle? Where do I find this information?

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      • kking
        Jan 18 2013

        Hello Mr. Smith-

        Thank you for contacting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As I’m sure you read in the press release, Crownsville WMA only allows deer hunting on that property. You can hunt with any weapon in season on this property. You can find what firearms are legal by checking out the Firearms Regulation page in our Maryland and Trapping Guide online here (http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/firearm-regulations) or on page 16 in the paper version of the guide. Since Crownsville WMA is in Anne Arundel County, a shotgun is the legal firearm (not a rifle) during the firearm season. The other weapons, Muzzleloader and Bow are also allowed during their proper seasons. You must follow the proper seasons and bag limits which can also be found in our Hunting & Trapping Guide. You can find this information online here: http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/white-tailed-deer-seasons-and-bag-limits or on page 37-28 in the paper version of the guide. Our deer hunting season is almost at an end with only bow season in at the moment. The season ends January 31.

        Crownsville WMA does require a seasonal permit and daily reservation. For making reservations or for any other questions regarding this property, please call the Myrtle Grove office at 301-743-5161. Staff in this office maintain this property.

        The main webpage for the Maryland Hunting & Trapping guide for your reference is here: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide or the flash version here: http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting
        I hope this is helpful.

        Patricia Handy (Allen)
        MD-DNR WHS
        Information & Education Program Manager

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    4. Doug Smith
      Jan 19 2013

      Is this area open to hiking? If so is a daily permit required. We live nearby and this area would be great to hike in.

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    5. Derek Rodgers
      Jan 19 2013

      Will this property be open to hiking, birdwatching, and other non-consumptive activities when hunting season ends on Jan. 31st? I’m a naturalist living in Annapolis and would love access to this property for the above reasons.

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    6. kking
      Jan 23 2013

      Derek and Doug-
      Thank you for contacting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources about Crownsville CWMA. MD DNR is responsible for managing the hunting on Crownsville CWMA but we do not control access there outside of the regulated hunting season. For information on the access of Crownsville CWMA when hunting is not taking place there you should contact Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks at their Park Information line at (410) 222-7317 or their website at: http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/index.cfm

      Thank you,
      Dave Heilmeier
      Southern Region Manager
      DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

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    7. Brittany
      Jun 20 2013

      Where is the check-in location for hunting? Do you have to check-in every morning or could you just reserve a spot? Is the property open pre-season to scout for deer? Is there a test or screening you have to take to hunt on the land? Thank you!

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      • kking
        Jul 3 2013

        Dear Brittany,

        Crownsville is not a managed hunt that requires a check in on site but it is a new CWMA (Cooperative Wildlife Management Area) that is open to deer hunting in Anne Arundel County. Deer hunting on Crownsville CWMA will start the Monday after Thanksgiving and run through January 31st and will include firearms, bow, and muzzleloader hunting. A seasonal permit and daily reservations are required to hunt Crownsville CWMA. The seasonal permits will be available from our Myrtle Grove office in late August or September. Daily reservations are made with our Myrtle Grove office by phone only during the hunting season. There are no tests, screenings, or special requirements other than the seasonal permit and daily reservations required to hunt Crownsville CWMA. For information and a map of Crownsville CWMA and information on the Southern Region Public Hunting permit and reservation system you can visit our website at this link: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/publiclands/wmasouthern.asp For additional information on Crownsville CWMA and the Public Hunting permit and reservation system you can call our Myrtle Grove WMA office at 301-743-5161.

        For information about access to Crownsville for scouting prior to the hunting season you should contact AA County Parks (who manages the property) at 410-222-7300.

        Thank you,

        David Heilmeier
        Southern Region Manager
        DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

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    8. Thanks for opening this area.My question is can we excess the northern area from farm road?Also is this area open for early bow season?

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      • kking
        Aug 7 2013

        Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management Area does not open for hunting until the Monday after Thanksgiving which this year is Monday December 2, 2013. Crownsville CWMA will be open for deer hunting using bow, muzzleloader, and shotgun from Dec. 2, 2013 through January 31, 2014. At this time parking for hunting on Crownsville CWMA is limited to the designated parking area on Hawkins Road. We are working with Anne Arundel County Parks to increase parking opportunities on Crownsville CWMA in the future but it is not guaranteed that we will be able to open other parking areas there for this season.

        Hunter access to Crownsville CWMA requires the possession of a seasonal permit and daily reservations. Hunters must park in the designated parking area only. Additional information about Crownsville CWMA and the DNR Southern Region Public Hunting Reservation System is available online or by phone at the Myrtle Grove WMA office at 301-743-5161. If you have any additional questions please give me a call at 410-535-0282.

        Thank You,
        Dave Heilmeier
        MD DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

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    9. Steve Walter
      Sep 5 2013

      Will the CWMA ever be open to hunt deer with a bow during the early bow season?

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      • kking
        Sep 11 2013

        Hi Steve,
        The Crownsville CWMA opens to deer hunting on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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    10. Henry Price
      Nov 14 2013

      I’m glad to see Arundel County is thinking of us hunters and boaters. We are not there yet, but it is a start. We need more parking to get to the north end of this 500 arc parcel ‘Farm RD’,also it would be nice to open it up to early Bow and turkeys in the spring.

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