Maryland’s 2014-2015 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 35 firearm qualification sessions at 18 locations across the State. These events allow hunters to take the shooting proficiency test that is required before they can participate in many of the managed deer hunts held in Maryland. Read more
7/18 update: The rifle and shotgun ranges have reopened. The pistol range is still closed.
Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges will close for repairs starting July 16 at 1 p.m. It is anticipated that this closure will last for one to two weeks. The archery range will remain open. Visitors can contact the office at 410- 287-5675 for status updates.
Additionally, the rifle and shotgun ranges will be closed Saturday, July 26 until 1 p.m. for a DNR outreach program. Details.
Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows: Read more
Two Howard County men have been charged by the Maryland Natural Resources Police with killing state and federally protected wildlife, and animal cruelty for causing suffering by using unchecked traps.
William Gunnar Radhe Jr., 31, and Eugene William Iager, 67, both of Fulton, are accused of setting traps that killed a Great Horned Owl, two turkey vultures and a striped skunk in early April. If found guilty of all charges, the maximum penalty for each man is $9,000 in fines and nine months in jail. Read more
DNR seeking partner shooting ranges and sportsmen’s groups
The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide ‘next step’ assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages to feel comfortable engaging in these activities. Read more
Hunters reported harvesting a total of 3,325 wild turkeys during the 2014 spring turkey season that ended on May 23. This year’s harvest was close to the 2013 record-setting harvest of 3,344, and well above the 10-year average of 2,982. Read more
In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month. Even better, enjoying the State’s outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR! Read more
Events in Baltimore, Garrett, Queen Anne’s and Somerset CountiesWho: Youth ages 8-16 When: Saturdays in June Where: Across the State Cost: Free
Youth with an interest in hunting, shooting sports and wildlife management are invited to participate in a regional summer Junior Hunter Field Day event. Staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and representatives from sporting and conservation groups will use hand-on activities to teach participants about natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, shooting safety and ethical conduct in the field. Read more