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July 10, 2013

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Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations Announced

by kpeterson

waterfowl huntingWaterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2013-2014 hunting season starting August 6. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Each license is assigned to a designated location in Maryland waters where hunters may anchor their boats to hunt waterfowl.

 

Dates and instructions are as follows:

  • August 6 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at all locations listed below. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery drawing and will have to wait until all applicants have selected a site. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per applicant may be selected per day. Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.
  • August 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.
  • August 8 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.

 

Citizens must present a 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 Maryland resident hunting license in order to participate in the blind site process (except for landowners or individuals with written permission of a landowner who desire to license their own property). Applicants must also present their Maryland driver’s license or other photo ID to verify identification and residency. The 2013-2014 Maryland hunting license is now available at any DNR sport license agent, online here or by phone at 1-800-918-2870.

Marylanders who would like to license their own land should bring a copy of their property information available online and a tax map or other legible map showing the exact location of the shoreline to be licensed. Preview maps of shoreline licensed by riparian landowners will be available online, and at the locations listed below on July 15.

County Locations for Blind Site Licensing and Preview Maps

Anne Arundel County Licensing location: Broadneck High School Cafeteria, 1265 Green Holly Drive, Arnold. Preview maps available at Tawes State Office Building, E-1, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.

Prince George’s County Licensing location: County Administration Bldg. (Main Lobby, 1st Floor), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. Preview maps available at County Administration Building, Room L-15.

On August 7, and thereafter, licenses for Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties will be issued at the Wildlife and Heritage Service office, Tawes State Office Bldg., E-1, Annapolis.

Calvert County Licensing location: DNR Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick. Preview maps available at same location.

Charles County Licensing location: Myrtle Grove WMA Office, 5625 Myrtle Grove Road, LaPlata. Preview maps available at same location, call ahead to confirm office is staffed 301-743-5161.

St. Mary’s County Licensing location: Joseph D. Carter Bldg., Russell Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. Preview maps available at St. Mary’s County Memorial Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown.

On August 7, and thereafter, licenses for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will be issued at the DNR Southern Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick.

Baltimore County Licensing Location: Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road, Baltimore. Preview maps available at the Natural Resources Police Facility, 3738 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills.

Cecil County Licensing Location: Elkton High School, Auxiliary Gymnasium, 110 James Street, Elkton. Preview maps available at the Cecil County Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton.

Harford County Licensing location: Fallston Volunteer Fire Department, meeting room, 2201 Carrs Mill Road, Fallston (next to the Fallston High School). Preview maps available at the DNR Licensing and Registration Services, Bel Air Regional Service Center, 2 South Bond Street, Bel Air.

On August 7, and thereafter, licenses for Baltimore, Cecil & Harford counties will be issued at the Bel Air Regional Service Center, 2 S. Bond St., Bel Air.

Caroline County Licensing location: Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton. Preview maps available at same location.

Talbot County Licensing location: Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Preview maps available at the Easton Branch of Talbot County Library (across from courthouse).

On August 7, and thereafter, licenses for Caroline, Talbot, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties will be issued at the Centreville Regional Service Center, 120 Broadway Ave., Room 207, Centreville.

Dorchester County Licensing location: LeCompte Wildlife Management Area, 4220 Steele Neck Road, Vienna. Preview maps available at same location, call ahead to confirm office is staffed 410-376-3236.

Somerset County Licensing location: Wellington Wildlife Management Area, 32733 Dublin Road, Princess Anne. Preview maps available at same location, call ahead to confirm office is staffed 410-543-8223.

Wicomico County Licensing location: Salisbury Regional Wildlife Office, 201 Baptist St., #22, Salisbury. Preview maps available at same location.

Worcester County Licensing location: Snow Hill Fire Dept., 4718 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill. Preview maps available at Shad Landing State Park Camp Store – Off Rt. 113.

On August 7 and thereafter, licenses for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester counties will be issued at the Salisbury Regional Service Center, 201 Baptist St., Suite 22, Salisbury.

 

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    1. Robert Underwood
      Jul 16 2013

      Hello
      This is my first time doing this, I plan on being at your PG county location on aug 7th at 1030. Will this allow me to take part in the lottery and how long is this process.

      Thank you

      Reply
      • kking
        Jul 17 2013

        Hello Robert,

        Please be aware that August 7th is the 2nd day of licensing, so if you are wishing to license sites for PG County, you will need to come to the Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401. We will begin licensing at 10:30 am. If there are multiple people waiting to license at 10:30 we will have a lottery to determine what order everyone will choose their blind sites. We did not have anyone show up for the second day lottery last year for PG County, and this has been the case in years past, so if you come on the second day you should not have a long wait.

        I would advise though, if you are wishing to license a site in PG County, to go to the opening day lottery on August 6 at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro (14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.). PG County does not have many areas open for licensing and most of the areas are taken on the first day. The lottery on August 6 will be at 8:00 am. There are usually not a large number of people that show up to the PG County opening day lottery, so everyone is done choosing their sites within a few hours. Each person has 8 minutes to choose their two blind sites.

        If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Natural Resources Biologist
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service

        Reply
    2. rich
      Jul 21 2013

      Where do you go for Queen Anne’s county

      Reply
      • kking
        Jul 26 2013

        Hello Rich,

        Kent and Queen Anne’s County do not have squatter sites for non-riparian owners. Only riparian shoreline owners, or those with permission of the landowner, may license sites in Kent and Queen Anne’s County. Landowner’s, who have not already licensed their shoreline and blind sites, may do so beginning on August 7th at the DNR – Centreville Regional Service Center. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
        410-260-8538

        Reply
    3. Bob linkous
      Jul 26 2013

      I just purchased property on the wye river. Do I as a landowner have to wait for the lottery? Second question: can a landowner hunt off of their pier as long as distance and permission issues are addressed? Property is in QA county. Thanks.

      Reply
      • kking
        Jul 26 2013

        Hello Bob,

        Kent and Queen Anne’s County do not have a lottery. Only landowners, or those with permission of the landowner, can register their shoreline and blind sites in these counties. To license your shoreline in QA County, you will need to go to the DNR – Centreville Regional Service Center (120 Broadway Ave. Suite 5/6) beginning on August 7. If you want to hunt off of your pier, you will need to register the spot that you will be hunting from since it will be over the state water. The blind site must meet the distance requirements from other licensed shoreline and blind sites, as well as distance from homes. Once you register your shoreline, you will receive a renewal notice in the mail, usually around mid-February, which will be due back to us by June 1. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8548.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
        410-260-8538

        Reply
    4. Robert
      Jul 26 2013

      Can my son (who has a junior license) draw for the lottery too. So I can have a better chance at a lower drawn number.

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 1 2013

        Hello Robert,

        Yes, your son may participate in the lottery as long as he has a copy of the 2012-2013 hunting license or the 2013-2014 hunting license, along with a photo ID. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service

        Reply
    5. rickw
      Jul 30 2013

      Where would you go for Frederick/ Montgomery counties? (Potomac River) Thanks.

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 1 2013

        Hello Rick,

        Frederick County and Montgomery County do not have blind site lotteries since they are in the non-tidal portion of the Potomac River. You do not need to have a blindsite permit to hunt in the non-tidal portion of the Potomac. You can hunt from an anchored boat or while standing on the natural bottom. You will need to be 250 yards away from anyone else that is waterfowl hunting and have a MD resident in the boat. Keep in mind that portions of the non-tidal Potomac are privately owned, so you can not anchor or stand on the natural bottom in these areas. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service

        Reply
    6. clarkeg
      Aug 6 2013

      I missed the lottery drawing this morning for AA county because of work. There was a particular blind site that I wanted and I am almost sure that it was probably licsensed out this morning because of AA county’s popularity. Is there anyway that I can check this so I do not waste my time going down tomorrow morning to the Annapolis office?

      Thanks

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 7 2013

        Hello,

        If you would like to give me a call at 410-260-8538, I can check the AA county map for you if you know the exact location you are trying to license. I will be in the office until 4:30 pm today.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
        Natural Resources Biologist I
        410-260-8538

        Reply
    7. walt
      Aug 6 2013

      Hello, I am new to this I will not be able to make it to the lottery on the 7th, will the lottery still be going on the 8th, I will be using the Calvert county location do you think blinds will still be available.

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 7 2013

        Hello,

        There will not be a lottery on the 8th, but you can go into the Prince Frederick Regional Service Center anytime between 8:30am – 4:00 pm to license spots in Calvert County. I am sure there are spots still available if you know where to look, but many of the prime locations are licensed on the first day.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Natural Resources Biologist I
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
        410-260-8538

        Reply
    8. richard sansbury
      Aug 9 2013

      I would like to look at a st marys map to see if there are any sites left to permit kind of new to it can I go to hallowing office do they have the map or do I have to go to the library

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 12 2013

        Hi Richard-
        St. Mary’s County blind site licenses are currently being used at the DNR Southern Regional Service Center (6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick, MD). They have the current map.

        Reply
    9. Conor Loughran
      Oct 29 2013

      My parents own waterfront on the Potomac. I’m new to duck hunting, am I able to hunt from their beach?

      Reply
      • kking
        Oct 31 2013

        Hello Conor,

        Thank you for contacting the Department of Natural Resources.

        You may hunt from your parent’s beach above the mean high tide mark without an offshore blind or shoreline license. You may hunt from the shore and place your decoys in the water in front of their property. If you were to hunt from a blind site in the water (below the mean high tide mark), you would need to have the site licensed. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Natural Resources Biologist I

        Reply
    10. Jeff Scheeler
      Nov 14 2013

      Since I have the approval for an offshore blind site. I am told I need to mark that and I have the directions from the web site. I just need some advice as to whether it would be better to use a bouy with an anchor or a piece of PVC or something similar, hammered into the ground out in the water?

      Reply
      • kking
        Nov 18 2013

        Hi Jeff,

        It is really up to you whether you want to use a PVC pipe or a buoy to mark your offshore site. As long as you have the required amount of reflective material on them, as well as your license number, you can use whichever method you prefer and the best in your situation. Some areas the water may be too deep to use a pipe so you would have to use a buoy, but it really does not make a difference to us which one you use. If you have any further questions, feel to contact me at 4102-60-8538.

        Sincerely,

        Ryan Haley
        Natural Resources Biologist I
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
        410-260-8538.

        Reply
    11. cody gross
      Aug 5 2014

      I drew for a lottery spot today and was wondering if I could stand on natural bottom at my blind spot marker I’ve heard your allowed and have also you are not

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 6 2014

        Hello Cody,

        Thank you for contacting the Department of Natural Resources.

        Yes, you may stand on the natural bottom at your blind site, but you must have the the site marked per the requirements on your blind site permit.

        If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at 410-260-8538.

        Sincerely,
        Ryan Haley
        Natural Resources Biologist I
        Maryland DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service

        Reply
    12. Chris Bentz
      Aug 5 2014

      Why are there State Employees at the Sparrows Point Lotto Drawing right Now who are apparently being paid to wait for a Blind assignment, they are obviously NOT Hunters, are they taking up certain Blind Spots—-does not really make sense.

      Reply
      • kking
        Aug 8 2014

        Hi Chris,

        Thanks for reaching out with your concern. DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service staff administered waterfowl blind site licensing for Baltimore County at Sparrows Point HS yesterday. Baltimore County Recreation and Parks employees were in attendance to register and participate in the lottery drawing to license Baltimore County Recreation and Park property shoreline as riparian landowners. Riparian landowners are not required to have a hunting license to participate in the lottery.

        Ken D’Loughy
        Central Region Manager

        Reply
    13. rich
      Aug 6 2014

      first day of lottery is august 5 not 6th. anyone else misinformed by the states dnr web-site?

      Reply

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