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New Restrictions for Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Areas

Effective October 1, 2013, all gas-powered vessels are prohibited in the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) impoundments from October 1 through March 31. Human-propelled boats or those powered by electric motors are excluded from this restriction. The changes were adopted to increase the quality of waterfowl habitat and improve the waterfowl hunting experience in these popular Somerset County WMAs.As a reminder, the number of open waterfowl hunting days in the impoundment areas of both WMAs was reduced last year and remains in effect for the 2013-14 hunting season. Boat use and waterfowl hunting outside of the impoundments on the WMAs remains unchanged.

Hunting within these managed impoundments is by permit-only on opening day of each separate split of the duck hunting seasons. Hunting after each opening day is restricted to certain days of the week or select holidays through the remainder of each season. The schedule of open hunting days can be found in the 2013-2014 Guide to Hunting and Trapping or online. Those looking to hunt on one of the permit-only days must submit an application, located here, prior to September 16, 2013.

For additional information, contact the Wellington WMA office at 410-543-8223.

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