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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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  • Randy Bethke

    I strongly object to the recent restriction on gas powered motors in the Deal Island impoundment. The elimination of gas motors during half of the year is not going to increase waterfowl habitat. The impoundment is silting in, due to the natural ongoing cycles of decaying marsh growth. Consider going back to controlled burns of mature marsh areas, as was effective years ago. Was the public consulted on this new “policy” before it was enacted? MD DNR- you seem to be trending toward increased rules and restrictions in order to compensate for reduced staffing. Not happy here !

  • Aaron

    As someone who prefers to paddle without having to compete with larger/ gas powered motors, I am actually glad that there is an area where I can do so. Thanks for the change.