DNR to Hold Public Meeting On Waterfowl Regulations
When: August 19 at 7 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cr., Wye Mills
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed late season waterfowl hunting regulations. The proposed seasons and bag limits will be announced in early August after DNR receives the framework from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via the Service Regulation Committee, establishes hunting regulations (seasons, bag limits, etc.) for migratory game birds, with final rule made by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. States are then provided with the framework that includes maximum season length, bag limits and hunting dates.
Migratory game bird regulations are established through a collaborative and scientifically sound process that combines the input from the public with that of professional biologists working throughout the Atlantic Flyway. The framework allows some flexibility, so public input is an important element in the final selection of the waterfowl seasons and bag limits.
Citizens who are unable to attend the meeting may comment by email, letter, fax, phone, and on the DNR Wildlife & Heritage website after the proposals are announced. The details for providing public comment will be announced in an early August. Finalized seasons and bag limits will be released in early September.