Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations Announced
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Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations Announced

Applications Taken and Lottery Begins Aug. 1

Photo by Chuck Prahl

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will soon allow the state’s resident hunters to apply for a 2017-18 waterfowl blind site license.

Beginning Aug. 1, applicants will be entered into a lottery for a chance to select their blind sites. Each site license is assigned to a designated location in Maryland waters, where hunters can anchor their boats to hunt waterfowl.

From 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Aug. 1, applications will be accepted at locations listed below. Anyone arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery.

The lottery will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants will have eight minutes to choose their blinds, with a maximum of two sites per day. Selections will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.

On Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., licensing will be held at all regional service centers. Beginning Aug. 3, these locations will follow regular business hours.

Citizens must present a 2016-17 or 2017-18 resident hunting license in order to participate in the process (landowners or individuals with written permission of a landowner, who desire to license their own property, are exempt from this requirement). Applicants must also present a driver’s license or other photo identification to verify identity and residency. Individuals under the age of 16 are exempt from this requirement. Landowners who would like to license their property should bring a copy of the property information (available online) and a tax map or other legible map showing the exact location of the shoreline to be licensed.

Preview maps of shoreline licensed by waterfront landowners are available here and at the locations listed below:

  • Anne Arundel County: Lottery held at Meade High School Cafeteria, 1100 Clark Road, Fort Meade. Preview maps available at Tawes State Office Building, E-1, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.
  • Prince George’s County: Lottery held at County Administration Building, Main Lobby, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Preview maps available at County Administration Building, Room L-15 or the Upper Marlboro Public Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro.
  • On Aug. 2 and thereafter, licenses for Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties will be issued at the Tawes State Office Building, E-1, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis
  • Calvert County: Lottery held at Southern Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick. Preview maps available there.
  • Charles County: Lottery held at Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, 5625 Myrtle Grove Road, La Plata. Preview maps available at Charles County Public Library La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata.
  • St. Mary’s County: Lottery held at Joseph D. Carter Building, Russell Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown. Preview maps available at St. Mary’s County Memorial Library, Hollywood Road, Leonardtown.
  • On Aug. 2 and thereafter, licenses for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will be issued at Southern Regional Service Center, 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick.
  • Baltimore County: Lottery held at Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road, Baltimore. Preview maps available at Natural Resources Police Facility, 3738 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills.
  • Cecil County: Lottery held at Elkton High School, Auxiliary Gymnasium, 110 James St., Elkton. Preview maps available at Cecil County Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton.
  • Harford County: Lottery held at Fallston Volunteer Fire Department, meeting room, 2201 Carrs Mill Road, Fallston (next to Fallston High School). Preview maps available at Central Region Service Center, 2 South Bond St., Bel Air.
  • On Aug. 2 and thereafter, licenses for Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties will be issued at Central Regional Service Center, 2 S. Bond St., Bel Air.
  • Caroline County: Lottery held at Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton. Preview maps available there.
  • Talbot County: Lottery held at Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Preview maps available at Easton Branch of Talbot County Library (across from courthouse), Easton.
  • On Aug. 2, and thereafter, licenses for Caroline, Talbot, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties will be issued at Eastern Regional Service Center, 120 Broadway Ave., Room 207, Centreville.
  • Dorchester County: Lottery held at LeCompte Wildlife Management Area, 4220 Steele Neck Road, Vienna. Preview maps available there. Please call ahead to confirm the office is staffed 410-376-3236.
  • Somerset County: Lottery held at Wellington Wildlife Management Area, 32733 Dublin Road, Princess Anne. Preview maps available there. Please call ahead to confirm the office is staffed 410-543-8223.
  • Wicomico County: Lottery held at Eastern Regional Service Center, 201 Baptist St., #22, Salisbury. Preview maps available there.
  • Worcester County: Lottery held at Snow Hill Fire Department, 4718 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill. Preview maps available at Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing Area Camp Store, off Route 113.
  • On Aug. 2, and thereafter, licenses for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties will be issued at Eastern Regional Service Center, 201 Baptist St., #22, Salisbury.

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