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DNR to Hold Public Meeting On Waterfowl Regulations

waterfowlWho: Open to the Public

When: August 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cr., Wye Mills

Cost: Free

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.

  • This is very upsetting that every year this meeting is held on the eastern shore,i live in harford county and it is very difficult for me and other hunters to try and go to this meeing during the week.I dont feel that the full opion of the hunters is being heard.

    • kking

      Greetings Anthony,

      Thanks for commenting on the Waterfowl Regulations meeting location. I am sorry this site doesn’t work out for you, we have found that the Wye Mills area works well for many people. The good news is that there are several ways for you to comment. All of this will come out in our next Press Release, but I can give you a preview now.

      We will be posting the proposed seasons online in a way you can comment directly back (you can also see how others have commented). Also, you can send a letter or fax to Paul Peditto, Wildlife and Heritage Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, 580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, Md 21401. Fax number is 410-260-8596. Lastly, you can give me a call at 410-827-8612 ext 104 and my email address is below.

      We will get several hundred comments from hunters during the upcoming public forums, the minority of them will come from the public meeting. We find most people prefer to save time and comment via the online forum, it is by far the most popular way for folks to comment. Stay tuned for more information on the proposed seasons and to learn when the online forum opens up early next month.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Peter S. Jayne
      Wildlife and Heritage Service
      Associate Director for Game Management