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Hunting and Trapping Regulations Proposed

Public Comment Accepted through March 15man helping his son hunt in the woods

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on the proposed changes to the 2016-2018 hunting and trapping seasons. The department reevaluates the regulations for select resident game species every two years to ensure best management.

“Over the past several months we have presented the proposed changes to stakeholders, including farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and wildlife conservation organizations,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Their input has convinced us to make several significant changes to the proposals. The department will continue to respond to public comment as we complete this extensive outreach effort.”

Participants can view the proposed regulations and comment online. The department is also accepting feedback by phone at 410-260-8540; by fax to 410-260-8596; or in writing to: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, E-1, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401.

The proposals will be presented and open for comment at the following public meetings:

Annapolis: Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Hagerstown: Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
South Hagerstown High School, 1101 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

Citizens with any questions may contact the Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

The public comment period will close on March 15.